The Mineola School Board of Education met with the CCC (Community Committee on Consolidation) on April 22 to discuss the ongoing concern of the closing of schools. The reason for the meeting was to open more dialogue between the board and the CCC, to see what gaps can be bridged in terms of the school district’s reconfiguration.
The Verizon Wireless plant is once again the source of dispute for the Villages of Mineola and Garden City. Months after angry residents spoke to Anton Community Newspapers about the loud noise emanating from equipment, the mayor of Mineola announced the possibility of initiating a lawsuit against not only Verizon, but also the Village of Garden City.
The Village of Mineola Board of Trustees recently voted to leave the Town of North Hempstead when it comes to garbage disposal and enter into a 10-year agreement with Omni of Babylon. Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and the village trustees reasoned that Omni offered a better price than the town did and the new contract will offer significant savings to village taxpayers. However, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman believes Mineola was better served staying with the town’s solid waste disposal services. Mayor Martins, though, stands behind the village’s decision and believes that it agreeing to a contract with Omni will save taxpayers money.
The biggest cost to multimillion dollar school budgets are staff salaries and benefits. For the Mineola School District, approximately 78 percent of the budget goes toward these expenses. In these tough financial times, as school administrators and boards of education struggle to put budgets before voters that communities will support, an eye has been turned toward employees.
In the Mineola School District, the board of education voted to close two schools with the idea that the district would achieve savings by needing less staff members. With each school closing, according to estimates given at recent board of education meetings, the district would need 10 fewer teachers in addition to other personnel.
When the Mineola School Board made a decision at its February meeting to close two schools, it was perhaps the most monumental decision this current board has made. A committee, commissioned by the board, had a decision just as difficult in recommending a plan to the board to reconfigure the schools of the district with five schools instead of seven.
Village of Mineola Trustees Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira took the oath of office to serve another two years on the board of trustees during last week’s annual organization night.
Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins spoke prior to the ceremony about the health of the village. The board adopted a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year that includes no tax increase.
The Village of Mineola will be leaving the Town of North Hempstead when it comes to solid waste disposal because the village has received a less expensive price from a private company.
Years of sound fiscal management has paid off for the Village of Mineola when taxpayers may need it the most. During a difficult economy when taxpayers need a break from tax increases, Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and the Village of Mineola Board of Trustees plan on giving them one. Last week, the board discussed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, which begins June 1, 2010 and ends May 31, 2011, that holds the line on village taxes. The tentative budget currently being discussed by the village board actually decreases spending.
The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.
On a Sunday afternoon, in front of hundreds of supporters in the Williston Park American Legion Hall, Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins was introduced as the Republican candidate for the 7th Senate District. After applause subsided, Martins spoke to those who will be supporting his campaign. In the first words of his speech, he mentioned being mayor of the Village of Mineola, a position he has held for the past seven years.
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