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Video: Mineola School Board Candidate: Joe Manopella

The first-time candidate is running for a seat on the Mineola Board of Education.

With the school board elections drawing ever near, Patch is giving those running for positions the chance to put in their two cents on the topics facing their school districts.

Over the past week, the Mineola Patch has been profiling each of the candidates in separate profile videos, detailing their backgrounds and positions on issues facing the school district.

Today, we highlight Joe Manopella, who is currently running for a Mineola Board of Education trustee seat.

Artie Barnett May 10, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Strangely missing from these sound bites is Mr. Manopella's opinion of teacher contracts. If you want to see someone totally out of touch with the will of the voters watch the entire video from meet the candidate night at this site: http://www.mineola.k12.ny.us/index.php?m=BoardMembers&e=viewVideo&id=70 It takes a long time to load but in the second part at 03:00 the question is asked about teacher contract negotiations. Mr. Manopella states, Surrounding districts are freezing salaries or offering lower increases "ALL THE THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE HAPPEN TO TEACHERS" REALLY? Further on, he states "I AM DEFFINETLY NOT IN FAVOR OF NOT GIVING INCREASES" Tax and spend at its best.
Linda Ramos May 10, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Mr. Manopella refers to the district needing change and that change is good. Does he not realize that change has been discussed for the past three years? The district is going through a positive change, and that is what has brought us to this point. I am unclear as to what type of change he is referring to. Simply saying that we need change is not enough. The one thing that taxpayers want to see changed is the teacher's contracts, and salary increases, yet Mr. Manopella states that he is not in favor of freezing teacher's salaries. So again, I am not sure what types of changes he is planning on bringing to the table, but I fear that they will negatively effect our children.
citizentoo May 10, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Manopella seemed like a nice enough guy but that's not enough for a tough position like this. He clearly had no understanding of the important issues and didn't seem to grasp even basic info about the school district. He presented no clear ideas of he wanted to achieve or how to do it. He is the man with no plan. Has he ever even been to a Board of Ed meeting or in any of our buildings? What's his platform? The guy is clueless.
A Concerned Resident May 11, 2011 at 01:25 AM
The format of that evening was to answer the questions that were presented. None of the candidates were given the opportunity to present "clear ideas of what (they) wanted to achieve or how to do it". They were pointed questions on specific topics. There was no presentation of a "plan" or "platform". The incumbants have the advantage of being apart of the current "plan" - the challengers were not afforded the opportunity, in this forum, to present theirs. Given the fact that Mr. Manopella has children in the elementary schools, I would venture to guess he has been in the buildings, and I don't see the need or usefulness of the personal attack. We are all supposed to be working to move the district forward in a positive way for our kids and the vicious undertone of some of the comments is discouraging...
citizentoo May 11, 2011 at 01:42 AM
Manopella's opening statement gave him the opportunity to really say something to the community. He talked vaguely about change. He talked vaguely about changing the reconfiguration. He said running the school district is pretty much the same as a hospital. He only talked about how he is used to making cuts but did say what Arty said about being against not giving increases to the teachers. He said that he has never volunteered in the schools and said he didn't think it was a relevant issue. Since then, he has offered absolutely nothing to the community as to any specific detail as to his knowledge about our issues or how he plans on handling them. No statements. No platform. Nada. There is nothing vicious about this at all. Like I said, nice guy, but nice won't cut it.
Artie Barnett May 11, 2011 at 02:31 AM
Personal attack? I am questioning this man's delusional approach to the impending renegotiation of our teacher's contract. Anyone who thinks consessions will not be mandatory has been living on another planet. Yet he endorses raises so our teachers will be willing to enter the classroom and teach? Our teachers love what they do and would never "tank" their job of educating because they wanted more money. To suggest otherwise is a slap in their faces. "Concerned Resident", maybe, informed resident, not even close.
A Concerned Resident May 11, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Mr. Barnett - I have read many of your posts on various topics throughout this site. The common theme throughout all of them is that you are just plain mean. Not constructive, not productive, but nasty and mean-spirited. Definitely not someone that I think is making a positive contribution for any resident of this community who is looking to learn something from these discussions
citizentoo May 11, 2011 at 03:12 AM
Concerned Resident: this has been nothing more than an honest discussion about a very real and important election in the community. Real dialogue about education and taxes cannot be held behind a curtain of "being nice". There has been nothing vicious written about Manapella except that he seems not to have a grasp on the issues. The taxpayers need more than polite conversation. They need leadership and substance and they deserve candidates who know the issues. Manapella may seem full of good intentions but if he has a real platform, he hasn't shared it with anyone.
A Concerned Resident May 11, 2011 at 03:24 AM
Citizentoo - I agree that, for the most part, the discussions are frank and productive. An open dialogue is a constructive tool in this process, however comments like "clueless" and "delusional" (in addition to some others on the other topics' discussions) are beyond what is necessary to get a point across. I am not necessarily defending Mr. Manopella - I am just opposed to the negative undertone of some of the comments. I agree with you that we need more than polite conversation during this important stage of the election, but I disagree with the manner in which some people present their facts.
A Concerned Resident May 11, 2011 at 03:27 AM
A perfect example of what I consider completely unecessary...unless I misunderstood your acronym...
citizentoo May 11, 2011 at 03:38 AM
We are all entitled to opinions. If someone is going to run for the board, they better make sure they know the issues at hand and they better have a grasp on solutions. Let's not get caught up in semantics.Manapella wants to be on the board. If he had a platform that would be more than enough to shut anyone up.
A Concerned Resident May 11, 2011 at 03:44 AM
Mr. Barnett - I have thicker skin than you think...I responded to your last comment - I did not remove it. (Although my attached comments was removed along with your original one). Your use of an acronym containing profanity must have been deemed "inappropriate". Although, I wish it would have been left for all to see... I guess I am not the only one your comments offend.
Artie Barnett May 11, 2011 at 06:27 PM
As Warner Wolf would say, let's go to the video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDraG_uU2U8
A Concerned Resident May 12, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Mr Barnett - I listened to the clip above and I believe it clearly states that although Mr. Manopella would prefer not to take away the teachers' pay increases (I mean what boss doesn't like to give a good employee a pay increase if they are able), that the "economic times" may force them to do just that. Sounds to me like everyone is in agreement on this issue...
Artie Barnett May 12, 2011 at 04:57 PM
To present yourself before the voters and tell them you are personally against reining in salary is political suicide in this economy. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree
momwith2 May 12, 2011 at 10:52 PM
?????? I don't get it Artie. I listened to the clip (by the way, nice work with the guide dogs) - and I thought Mr. Manopella said clearly that cutting teacher salaries isn't desirable but given the "economic environment" that cuts would be "inevitable." That's what our superintendent has been saying all along! Besides, Hale and Hornberger have actually BEEN THERE there the last 3 years and have not been able to negotiate ONE RED CENT in concessions the whole time! Why would that change now? Should we overlook that? I heard from another mom that Hornberger said at a recent board meeting that they once requested a "voluntary-in-kind" concession from teachers and got nothing. Naturally. Any decent labor negotiatior doesn't expect "voluntary" concessions. That's just naive. and then to admit it is even stranger. You call that fighting for our kids? Let's focus on the actual records of negotiations for these candidates instead of misinterpretation.
Cindy Velez May 12, 2011 at 11:09 PM
momwith2 - your VILE posts on another site are unethical and uncalled for - and I gather both Manopella and Levitan would NOT approve of your internet behavior. .....if they even have a clue you are out there and are now being linked to them. But you are annoymous and that is how you guys like to play - put your name to it and stick to the topic at hand !
Artie Barnett May 12, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Momw2, Hale and Hornberger have not been on the board during a contract negotiation. They have requested the unions to reopen their contract and were denied. This is within the unions rights. Come July 1st, the contract will expire and must be negotiated. You wish to focus on "actual records of negotiation" there are none. The only person of the present board involved in the last teachers contract is John McGrath and he gave away the farm. There is no doubt that Manopella and Levitan were hand picked by John to support his agenda of staus quo. Under his watch, the only consession he got from the teachers union was the ability to excess 10 teachers if a school building was closed, yet he is fighting against doing just that. Hardly a consession if you have no intent on using it to offer relief to your taxpayers.
Artie Barnett May 12, 2011 at 11:18 PM
People who wish to represent the people and students of the district need to have a firm grip on what is going on. Reading the papers and watching an occasional video of a meeting hardly informs you of the true nature of our schools. Through the years our BOE trustees have been people with deep involvement and knowledge of what is going on.....then there's this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg50X-i9r7M
Susan C. May 12, 2011 at 11:20 PM
There are no "actual records of negotiations for these candidates" to focus on. As Mrs. Navarra said, the contract hasn't been open during their term as Board Members. Mr. Hornberger clearly stated that the teacher's union was approached regarding concessions, and they refused to cooperate. For a decent labor negotiator to expect a voluntary concession is far from naive. Many other district's teacher's unions on Long Island took the pay freeze that was requested of them. If you listen closely to Mrs. Levitan and Mr. Manopella, they both state, with confidence, that the teacher's union will be willing to negotiate. So I will ask the same question as momwith2 asked~ Why would that change now??? It is you, Momwith2 who is naive.
mary d May 12, 2011 at 11:21 PM
As the economic difficulties became more and more evident, both in Mineola and in the other Districts on Long Island, our Board took the step of asking the unions for a voluntary concession. Hornberger didn't "admit" to anything. This was openly discussed at Board meetings. It was discussed before the request was made and it was discussed after the request was turned down. The Board understood that asking the unions would probably not result in anything, but they at least tried. Seems to me to be pretty fiscally responsible of them.
momwith2 May 13, 2011 at 06:08 PM
always the same voices - i'm entitled to my opinion and you can't shout down everyone - parents want honest discussion and to hear from all sides - I'm not alone - a lot of us are tired of hearing the negativity spewed by these same people at the bus stops -
momwith2 May 13, 2011 at 06:10 PM
sounds like everyone has an ax to grind with Meadow and McGrath - is that what this is all about? our kids take a back seat so you all can keep the same old gripes going for years
Artie Barnett May 13, 2011 at 06:26 PM
It's not about Meadow! Look at half the names here, they ARE from Meadow. Wake up Mom
Toni Dalton May 13, 2011 at 08:37 PM
Momwith2..do we know each other? What school or schools are your children currently attending?
Mary Jones May 14, 2011 at 01:03 AM
Toni D, Momwith2 is dadwith2. He knows nothing because he is pretending his kids go to Mineola schools. What bus stop, Bertie? He doesn;t know which names are from what areas. All he knows is Princeton St. and St. Aidens. He should know Meadow names. What is the ax about McGrath? If you don;t have any idea, you are not up to speed, and your name must be ...Umberto.
Mary Jones May 14, 2011 at 01:08 AM
mw2: you are clueless. Under a rock. Just like Bertie.

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