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Letter: Please Take the Time to Vote on May 20

For the past three years, I have had the honor and responsibility of being a representative of the Herricks School District as a trustee of the Herricks School Board, and this year serving as its President. Three years ago, an over whelming endorsement of my candidacy took place when a record number taxpaying residents came out in the pouring rain to vote for a new board of education member,  and for the Herricks school budget. These voters represented parents, young adults, senior citizens, and empty-nesters from the many communities that make up

Herricks and all of its fabulous religious and cultural diversity. This year I am running for re-election for another three year term with no opposition. I hope it represents a wonderful endorsement of my past three years on the Board and the time and effort I have put in as a school board member.

 

 

Together with my current fellow school board members and the senior administrative team, we have made great strides in protecting the integrity of the Herricks School System. We have approved new labor contracts with the Cafeteria workers and HAAS (the administrators union) more in step with the current economy, and more in tune with our future fiscal forecast.  We are also working very hard to try and secure a responsible and financially fair and sound contract with the teachers union, using those same financial parameters, to chart a stellar course for the future.

 

On May 20, the Herricks School District will propose for voter approval a new budget well within the state’s tax cap formula.  The budget increase is 2.84 percent with a tax levy of a 1.73 percent. There will also be a proposal for a new bond of approximately $3.5M. This bond proposal replaces an existing bond that is expiring next year. It will cause no increase in the current tax schedule for homeowners and it includes necessary work. The three main components in the bond are A) New boilers in the Middle School to keep our children warm, the old boilers are over 50 years old; B) New roof and ventilation upgrade at the middle school to keep the rain/water outside instead of inside, along with a new roof over the Denton Avenue gymnasium and; C) the replacement of non-functioning windows at the high school as the remaining money will allow after the roofs and boilers are complete. 

 

I strongly urge all my Herricks neighbors and friends to please come out and vote yes on May 20th for the upcoming school budget and bond, and while there cast a vote for me as well. Our community needs your support and as always, I want to thank you in advance of your support.

 

Best Regards;

 

Jim Gounaris


News

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).

Last year, the Mineola Fire Department initiated an Adopt-A-Hydrant program to offer residents and businesses an opportunity to enhance their fire protection by providing a simple service to the village, caring for a fire hydrant. The MFD is looking for adopters once again.


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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