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.
The problem for the Mineola School District is one of simple economics — revenues are decreasing while expenses are increasing. The Mineola School Board was presented last week with an option to continue all of the programs the district offers while putting forth budgets for the next three years administrators feel the community can afford. That option, though, involves closing two of the district’s seven schools.
The Mineola School Board is facing some difficult decisions it may need to make to put forth a budget for the 2010-2011 school year that residents of the district will support in this tough economic climate. Among the decisions is whether to close one or two of the district’s seven schools, a cost-saving measure that is expected to be discussed at tomorrow night’s board meeting.
From Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated, but there isn’t much celebration going on at the Corpus Christi School in Mineola. Monsignor Robert Coyle, pastor of the Corpus Christi Parish, recently sent home a letter to parents of students attending the school that the school will be closing at the end of this school year.
At 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Mineola Fire Department was alerted to a car fire on East 2nd Street near Hampton Street. With the car, a Hundyai Sonata, engulfed in flames, the firefighters went to work to put out the raging flames.
In an effort to reform a property tax assessment system he feels is broken, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano unveiled his plan to repair the assessment system to lessen the burden property tax refunds have on the county budget.
Knowing the challenge of restoring fiscal stability to Nassau County government, George Maragos vowed to protect every taxpayer dollar when he was sworn in as Nassau County Comptroller at The Inn at New Hyde Park.
Heralded as the salt of the earth, honored as David victorious over Goliath, and lauded as an honest working man, proud to have been a janitor who put himself through law school, Edward P. Mangano was sworn in as Nassau County Executive on New Year’s Day to a crowd of supporters and a stage full of dignitaries who called for this very different county leader to embody the start of a new era for Nassau.
At the Village of Mineola board meeting on December 2, the Mineola Fire Department proudly took delivery of its new Engine 162. This KME pumper will replace the 20-year-old E-One pumper, which served the village through the years, responding to such major conflagrations as the Rehabilitation Institute in 1993, the St. James Restaurant, Kuck’s Deli and most recently the Getty Fire in 2008.
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