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Letter: Response to Aug. 25 McGrath Letter

Mr. McGrath writes, “…loss of parental involvement through the obliteration of three elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) organizations….”

We respectfully disagree with this reflection on Mineola PTA organizations and their countless parent volunteers.

Now that the Board of Education has voted on the next step in school reconfiguration, the role of Mineola District and Unit PTAs (and PTO) only becomes more important. While as a group we do not advocate for any one option, the PTA will work to make any new configuration a positive experience for our children and their parents.

Two Mineola Schools have been recognized by National PTA as Schools of Excellence for Parent Involvement, not because of the building, but because of the parents.  Parental involvement has nothing to do with the number of units there are, rather how involved parents choose to be.

As members of the largest child advocacy group in the country, Mineola PTAs will continue to work with the board of education and school administrators on behalf of and for the good of the children in the community in which we all live and learn.

Robin Bischoff

Cindy Velez

Mineola PTA