The Mineola School District has undergone a lot of changes over the past nine years, but the one thing that has remained constant was the service of Steve Siwinski. Since 2001, Siwinski has served on the board, but decided not to run for re-election and to retire from the volunteer position.
On the second floor of the Willis Avenue School in Mineola, the superintendent’s office is looking sparse. Dr. Larry Licopoli, who has spent the last eight years of his life as Superintendent of Schools for the Mineola School District, is getting ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Next week, the office will no longer be his, but belong to his successor Dr. Michael Nagler. While it’s hard to simply sum up eight years as the leader of a school district that educates 2,700 students, a pin Dr. Licopoli wears seems to do a pretty good job; it reads, “Kids First.”
The hearing for a condominium complex to be built at 250 Old Country Road in Mineola will continue tonight at Mineola Village Hall, 155 Washington Avenue at 6:30 p.m.
The village board first held the proposal at a hearing that was held last month. The proposal calls for the demolition of the building, located at 250 Old Country Road (the former site of the Keyspan building) that is currently owned by the MTA, and the construction of a nine-story, 257-unit condominium complex.
There are certain days in American history in which a mere mention of the date is enough to imply the importance of an event. One of those days is June 6, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day. On June 6, 65 years ago, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. Two of the men who were involved in the operation lived in Mineola — Ray Vaz and John DaVanzo.
Just a little more than a week after Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced that his campaign for another term as county executive would be about a property tax revolution, the energy tax imposed on Nassau County residents kicked in on June 1.
Hollywood has some pull, at least with the Village of Mineola.
A village road that had crumbled with holes and broken pavement was repaved by village workers just in time for the shooting of a movie.
In years past, the Mineola School District received a reputation for spending high but not delivering academic results. Mineola has had a high spending per pupil, which is among the highest in Nassau County, but its results, when compared to other school districts, didn’t always compare favorably. In recent years, the school district has begun to shake that reputation and recent state English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics assessment results provide further evidence that the district has made strides with regard to its test scores.
A bill being considered in Albany would make it easier for local governments, including villages, towns and special districts but not including school districts, to be dissolved. The mechanism would make it possible for villages like the Village of Mineola, which is 103 years old, to be dissolved.
Even with residents feeling the effects of a nationwide recession, enough residents came out to support the Mineola School District’s proposed budget for the 2009-2010 school year. The budget passed easily by a 1,088 to 595 margin.
The Mineola Village Board held a hearing last week on a proposal to build a nine-story, 257-unit condominium complex at 250 Old Country Road, the former Keyspan building. The proposal calls for the demolition of that office building, which is owned by the MTA, and the construction of the condominium complex that proponents believe will boost Mineola’s downtown area.
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