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Mineola To Receive Efficiency Grant

School district awarded for financial, managerial responsibility

The Mineola School District has been selected to receive a $213,129 grant for the 2012-13 school year from the New York State Education Department, District Superintendent Michael Nagler revealed. Mineola is receiving the School District Management Efficiency Competitive Grant as a result of its application detailing the ways in which it has streamlined its costs.

Nagler mentioned that this is because the district closed two school buildings and reorganized resources while still providing educational programs for its students. He said the grant would be used on technology tools for students.

The grant cannot be used on a capital project or paid toward district salaries. The district applied for the grant in July.

Mineola closed two schools dating back to 2011. First, Cross Street School was closed, followed by Willis Avenue School this past September. Both schools have been leased to the Solomon Schechter Day School and Harbor Child Care, respectively.

Sixteen school districts in New York State attained the grant. Approximately 38 districts applied for the grant.

“Basically it asks districts to apply for monies on showing any kind of management efficiencies they may have,” said Nagler about the grant. “We applied on the basis that we consolidated our school district prior to a tax levy cap. We consolidated staff. We continued our educational programs and we saved money in the process. The state agreed with us.”

In the application, Dr. Nagler had to detail the actualized cost-savings of its reorganization plan during the 2011-12 school year, which totaled nearly $2.4 million. He also detailed how the savings, combined with the income from leasing Cross Street, has enabled Mineola to become pioneers with its utilization of technology in the classroom.

“The Board of Education and I are happy to bring this additional revenue to our district,” Nagler said.

By detailing its efficiency and savings each year, Mineola is eligible for the grant for the next two school years. The school district will have to maintain certain savings over that time span.

“The way a grant works is when you apply for the grant, you fill out something called an FS-10 and get it approved,” said Nagler. “In our FS-10, in how we’ll spend this money, it will be on technology like iPads, E-Spark and professional development. I’m toying with the notion to change that request to perhaps start a summer enrichment program. But there are some hurdles we have to jump through. I’m still debating that one.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo, not the state education department, controls the release of the grant, according to Nagler.

“Less than half received the award,” he said. “I have no idea what the other [amounts] of the other schools are. I am anticipating the governor to make a big announcement about these grants.”

News

The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.

The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.

 

“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


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