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Letter: Concerning the Hampton Street School and Bond Options

Keep the Hampton Street School open; that’s what the people want. There are 100 options I could come up with that would even cause less of a burden than the school district is proposing. The proposed bond is all-wrong.

Let the people decide what they want by sending a letter to their houses giving them a chance to vote if they want Hampton open, if yes find a way to do it.

What the superintendent has written in Mineola American and on his website is all a bunch of nothing. He’s trying to show people how much work they put into this, so we believe their reasoning for closing the schools.

What we need in Mineola is lessening of crime, house prices moving upward and all the schools remaining open because this lousy government has ruined our economy. This doesn’t mean the school district has to follow suit.

What happens if what’s proposed is done, and then when the Republicans are in you a get a grant for $10 million? It will be too late. Hampton is filled with room, Willis has no room at all and they want to build 14 extra rooms and want the residents to vote on a bond for this?

The budget is the problem. You say you don’t want to build on Hampton because you don’t want to ruin playing fields. The fields wouldn’t be touched.

The other fields kids practice soccer on, that can be sacrificed to keep young kids going to their own school and out of harms way. There are fields all over Mineola, the district is trying to con people.

I also emailed the superintendent asking why Jackson Avenue was given iPads. If the budget is so bad and they haven’t even made a decision on the schools, but as usual no reply, it’s obvious they want to see Mineola turn into a “queensy” type town loaded with traffic, undesirables, and low income people.

We pay our school tax so kids can go to our schools, not so rentals can walk their kids one block from their house and not pay any school tax.

The superintendent also mentioned that he has no problem with your kids playing on the school roof top playground that is proposed in the bond. Then I found out that your kids don’t go to Willis Avenue or any other Mineola school.

 If there was a lawyer who was partial to Hampton being open, I bet he could find a way to keep Hampton open without raising the cost as high as the district has. The district has been less than truthful to us and I ask that the superintendent resign immediately and have someone who lives in Mineola take over as superintendent. I can guarantee you he would get the job done. I ask everyone to vote no on Oct. 26.

Robert Orena

Mineola resident