East Ramapo $58 million bond vote: Six takeaways
Editorial Board meeting with Charles Szuberla, the state monitor for the East Ramapo schools talking about the district’s $58 million bond vote on Dec. 6. in West Nyack Nov. 22, 2016.
As residents in the East Ramapo school district prepare to vote on a $58 million referendum to fix its aging buildings, district officials said the time for the project was right from both an academic and financial perspective.
The referendum, which goes before voters Dec. 6, would provide money for replacing roofs, boilers, windows and HVAC units, as well as repairing sidewalks, floors and bleachers.
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As representatives of public school teachers throughout Rockland County, we’d like to express our support for the efforts of Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, and state Sen. David Carlucci to remedy the situation in the East Ramapo Central School District. Several reports by state monitors came to similar conclusions about the grave challenges facing East Ramapo and it’s clear that government action is needed to keep East Ramapo financially viable.
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On Nov. 2/16, Power of Ten in East Ramapo reported the following on the Oct. 26 ERCSD School Board meeting:
NY State law and the Commissioner of Education regulations make clear that the responsibility for compulsory education of minors is that of the Superintendent of Schools. On October 26th, Naftuli Moster, an advocate for parents of students in NYC and East Ramapo yeshivas, spoke at the school board meeting. He officially put Dr. Wortham and the Board on notice that most yeshiva students in East Ramapo are not receiving a basic education as required by law. Any parents concerned about this issues were invited to sign a letter to Dr. Wortham asking her to prevent scare education resources from flowing to institutions where education is not provided.
In a unanimous opinion, the Appellate Division, First Department, affirmed the decision of New York State Judge Moulton, clearly stating that School Leadership Team meetings held monthly at every public school, and within the control of the Department of Education, is subject to the Open Meeting Law, and must be open to the general public. Moreover, the minutes of such meetings must be published and available as well.
“We are delighted that the First Department confirmed in a unanimous opinion the public’s right to attend these very important School Leadership Team meetings,” said Laura D. Barbieri, of counsel to Advocates for Justice Legal Foundation, representing the Public Advocate, Letitia James, and Class Size Matters. “The Department of Education must comply with the Open Meetings Law and can no longer exclude the media or concerned citizens who have a right to know what is going on in their neighborhood public schools.”
Read the decision below: