After Mineola saw two board members step back from a mayoral and trustee candidacy, and a new trustee appointed in December, who’s now the new mayor, Mineola’s new board of trustees has all but come to fruition. The board certified the results of the 2011 village elections last Wednesday.
The village saw its biggest turnout at the polls since 2008, exclusive of referendums, according to village officials. Trustee Scott Strauss ran unopposed for mayor and received 973 total votes.
Two Mineola High School students were honored at village hall Wednesday night for their distinguished accomplishments, both of which had one elected official stumped of its wordage.
Jackson Avenue School Principal Matthew Gaven gave a report to the board of education at its March 3 workshop meeting on the progress of the iPad initiative that was instituted this school year for the fifth graders. Many of the students were “showing off some of their knowledge and some of the things they learned,” Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler said. “You can tell what they do at home I guess because they’re hanging out and working on their iPads.”
Mineola School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler began working on transition plans for the various grades after the defeat of the last bond, he revealed at a recent budget presentation.
His research yielded a plan that he decided to tweak because, “I was not happy about the third grade and how they were moving,” he said, mentioning the first grade at Cross Street School because they would have moved four times in four years.
Bio: Scott Strauss is a 47-year resident of Mineola, a graduate of Mineola High School, Class of 1981 with an Associate’s Degree from Nassau Community College.
Strauss served for 20 years in the New York City Police Department. He retired as a detective in 2004. During his career, Strauss received numerous awards including the NYPD’s Medal for Valor and the Medal of Honor, the NYPD’s highest award.
The Mineola Village Board raised a slew of questions at its last public hearing over an application to expand the Learn & Play day care facility on Herricks Road in Mineola.
Arthur Smyles owns the property and it was initially used for party sales and rentals until he was granted a special use permit for the day care facility. Smyles also owns the adjacent dollar store, where the proposed expansion would be located. According to architect Anthony Dei Properizo, the two buildings combined represent 21,084 sq. ft. of floor space with 14,236 sq. ft. for the day care and 6,848 sq. ft. for the dollar store.
The Mineola School District presented its first draft of the 2011-2012 district budget at its last meeting on Feb. 17 at the Willis Avenue School. The proposed budget for the next school year is $82,206,267. The budget-to-budget increase sits at $2,077,694 (2.6 percent) with an initial tax levy increase of 3.6.
H2M reported to the Mineola School Board of Education at its Feb. 10 meeting on the progress of the addition project that will be voted on in May. The district would use $1.7 million from the undesignated fund balance to fund the construction on Hampton without a bond. The move would make Hampton the pre-K-2 school for children south of Jericho Turnpike.
First, Larry Werther announced that he would not run for mayor in March, but would still run for one of the open trustee seats in the village of Mineola. Now, another incumbent in trustee Thomas Kennedy will not seek re-election.
As residents probably know, the Feb. 8 bond vote failed by 366 votes which would have kept the fifth and eighth grade in their respective schools. Now those grades will move to the middle and high school. What residents didn’t know is there was a petition before the board of education at its workshop meeting before the vote to have no change come to the district at all.
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