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Letter: I Will Run For School Board In May

My name is Margaret Ballantyne-Mannion, Ph.D., and I am a candidate for the Mineola School District Board of Education. My family moved to the district in 1972. I graduated from Adelphi University with a B.A. in Spanish and earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University. Since 1984 when my husband, Luke Mannion, and I married, we have lived in the school district. We have two sons, Thomas, 24, and William, currently a junior at Mineola High School.  

 

The reason I am seeking election to the board is simple: I am excited about the recent accomplishments of the district and I am eager to help the teachers and administrators continue to offer the very best educational experiences and opportunities to all our students, on all levels. We have outstanding teachers who are developing challenging and meaningful curriculum, technology that outshines all other districts in New York State, a recognized music program, a full range of extracurricular activities for all students, a fiscally responsible administration and students who make all of us proud. Mineola is at a tipping point and I think that my educational background and professional experience would allow me to help advance the district’s mission. 

 

For more than 30 years I have taught Spanish language, literature, translation techniques and culture, as well as western civilization, women’s studies, English as a second language, literature in translation courses. In the early 1980s. my discipline adopted national proficiency standards and I have been deeply involved in the integration of those standards into the curriculum at three different colleges, and continue to do so at York College/CUNY where I am Spanish professor.

 

My professional duties have centered on curriculum creation and development, faculty development, long-range and strategic planning and accreditation. I have been a department chairperson, chair of the college curriculum committee, chair of the College

Committee on Academic Standards, co-chair of the General Education Reform Committee, co-chair of the York College Middle States Decennial Accreditation Self-Study Process to name just a few of my responsibilities which I believe prepare me for work as a trustee on the board.   

 

Over the past decades I have been active in the community, especially through St. Aidan’s Parish where I have been a member of many committees, volunteered with the first Happy Caps group, served as lector, Eucharistic minister, RCIA team and pastoral council member. Currently, I am a catechist in the Special Needs program and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. In the school district I have been class parent several times, member of PTA in Meadow Drive, the middle school and high school, and SEPTA, which this year I serve as Co-President. I have also served as a Spanish language interpreter for CSE meetings. 

 

I am asking for your support because every day I witness the academic standards and rigor young people need in order to succeed in college or their chosen career. We owe our children nothing less than this: that our students graduate from Mineola Schools with the best education possible. That is my goal for each and every child in our District.

 

Margaret Ballantyne-Mannion 

 

Mineola resident


News

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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