As snow fell last Wednesday evening during another winter snowstorm, inside the Mineola High School auditorium, the board of education made a decision that will impact the Mineola, Williston Park and Albertson communities. The board, by a 4-1 margin, voted to close two of the seven schools in the Mineola School District. The first would be closed prior to the start of the 2011-2012 school year and the second would be closed prior to the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
The decision of whether two of the seven school buildings in the Mineola School District should be closed is one that has elicited passion from residents on both sides of the issue. The board of education has been examining whether to close schools as a cost-saving measure for a few years and now, the board has arrived at a point when a decision will be made.
Paul Arfin remembers what it was like to grow up in the Village of Mineola. But his life’s journey took him out of the village to Colombia, South America in the early ’60s as a volunteer in the Peace Corps. His experiences are chronicled in his book Portrait of a Peace Corps Gringo.
The last words from a 20-year-old resident came from a text message sent to his dealer. It read, “i’m diggin’ this —— my dude, best I had in a while. 4 real. Save my number, peace.” That was sent before he was found by his mother dead in the bathtub.
Mineola will have an uncontested election next month for the village board of trustees as only two candidates returned petitions to run for election.
Both Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato will run for the seats they currently occupy and will serve another two-year term on the village board, which also consists of Deputy Mayor Larry Werther, Trustee Tom Kennedy and Mayor Jack M. Martins.
The Mineola Board of Education discussed the possibility of closing two of its four elementary schools at last week’s board of education meeting. A decision on school closings is expected at the February 25 meeting of the board of education. In addition, the board decided to form a committee to explore possible grade configurations for the district.
John and Ida Ferreira are longtime members of the Mineola community. They own the well-known “For Birds Only” store on Jericho Turnpike and have lived in their home on 13th Avenue in the village for the past 32 years.
They may be running under different party lines, but both Paul Cusato and Paul Pereira have a mutual respect for each other and are both seeking re-election to serve another two-year term on the Mineola Village Board of Trustees.
The Mineola Board of Education is expected to discuss a plan that involves closing two schools at the board meeting tomorrow. The discussion thus far has fueled a passionate debate on the financial future of the Mineola School District.
Mineola Fire Department Ex-Captain and Warden Lewis F. Buttacoli answered his final alarm on January 20, 2010. A 40-year veteran of the department, Buttacoli is survived by his wife Cathie, daughter Susan, son Angelo, grandchildren Thomas, Hallie, Michael and Christopher and great-grandchild Kole as well as his numerous brothers in the Mineola Fire Department.
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