For the eighth consecutive year, Mineola has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Mineola joins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award for 2016.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that serve as a model for other districts and that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“Our students are the beneficiaries of a community that supports music and the arts,” said district Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts Joseph Owens. “Receiving this award for eight consecutive years is a true testament to our community’s belief in a well-rounded education for all students. This recognition is a true credit to all members of the Mineola UFSD community; students, parents, teachers, administration and the Board of Education.”

To qualify for the Best Communities designation Mr. Owens answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.