Officials consider leasing shuttered Mineola school

MINEOLA - Emotions ran high at the Williston Park Village meeting Monday night, where a new plan for a local elementary school was up for debate.

The Mineola School District is shutting down Cross Street Elementary at the end of the school year to save the district money. School board officials say they are considering renting the school to Soloman Schechter, a private Jewish high school which would relocate its student body from its current location in Glen Cove.

Some village residents say they're worried about increased traffic if Solomon Schechter buses and vans begin congesting local streets. Other residents say they're concerned about neighborhood kids losing access to the Cross Street ball fields.

Representatives from the school district say the money earned from leasing the school would help save other Mineola school programs at a time when state school aid is being slashed.

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