“The East Ramapo school board voted late Tuesday to rehire a powerful Albany lobbying firm that helped defeat an initial plan for a state monitor to oversee the troubled district. The vote came after an hour-long executive session that didn’t end until most people in the audience had left. The vote was made with no discussion. All board members voted in favor except for Sabrina Charles-Pierre, who abstained. [Read more…]
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“The East Ramapo school community is mourning the death of Patricia Simmons, the longtime principal of Fleetwood Elementary School in Chestnut Ridge. Simmons, 63, died Dec. 27 of cancer. She had been principal at Fleetwood Elementary since 2001, earning a reputation as a forceful advocate of students and teachers during a period of widespread cuts and turmoil in the troubled district.Speaking on Sunday, daughter Dara Simmons said her mother had a strong belief that the American public education system should be a “stepping stone.” At Fleetwood, that meant celebrating diversity and pushing academic achievement among its 500 or so students, many from immigrant families.” Complete Journal News story here.
“Mayor Jeffrey Oppenheim plans to resign in early January from the post he has held for nine years and move out of the village. Deputy Mayor Lance Millman will become acting mayor until the Board of Trustees holds its next meeting on Jan. 20. [Read more…]