Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00
When Mineola High School parent Lisa Fazio Cotroneo took photos near the high school this year when school opened, she found much safer conditions for pedestrians than she had in years past.
It was Cotroneo’s photos of the dangerous conditions that existed for students attempting to cross Herricks Road that helped convince the county that a light was needed for students who walk to and from Mineola High School.
Parents, PTA members, the school district administration, Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello and Mineola Mayor Jack Martins all lobbied the county to place a light at Herricks Road for students to cross at.
The light was installed over summer vacation and has been operational for the start of the school year. “I am very pleased to be able to deliver this traffic light for the safety of not only the residents of Mineola and drivers who travel on Herricks Road, but to the students who cross the street every day to get to and from school,” said Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi. “The light has been installed in time for the 2009-2010 school year and I thank the parents of the Mineola school students who brought this dangerous intersection to my attention.”
In addition, the light, Mineola High School Principal Ed Escobar said the side streets in front of the school were re-paved and new crosswalks were painted.
As for the light, Escobar said, “It just makes things a lot safer for the students. They appreciate it.”
Superintendent of School for the Mineola School District Dr. Michael Nagler is using the Internet to help inform the community about what is going on in the school district. Dr. Nagler has set up a blog that can be accessed through the district’s website, www.mineola.k12.ny.us.
The blog, entitled “Nagler’s Notes,” features news about the district. It is also interactive so that community members can post comments about each of the items in the blog.