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Letter: Residents of PEACE Support Mineola School District Budget

We are writing this letter on behalf of PEACE – People for Excellence, Affordability, and Commitment to Education. PEACE is comprised of a number of community members from throughout the Mineola School District.

We support the 2011/2012 budget adopted by the majority of the Board of Education on Thursday, April 7. The proposed budget delivers a fair and reasonable tax levy of just under 2.4 percent. This will be the fourth year in a row that the District has maintained a tax levy at or under 2.5 percent. The educational and extra curricular programs our students receive are both maintained and enhanced in this Educational Plan and Budget for next year.

This budget also ensures that Meadow and Hampton will be the PreK – 2 buildings and will be equal in terms of learning environment and green space. In addition, this budget is the beginning of the reorganization of the District, which will result in savings of approximately $3 million a year over the next ten years.

Although the road has been long, and we each arrived here at our own pace, we commend the proactive steps taken by the Superintendent, Central Office, and Board President Hale, Vice President Napolitano, and Trustee Hornberger over the past two years.

PEACE

Mary Desiderio

John Napolitano,

Patricia Cregan Navarra