“East Ramapo schools Superintendent Deborah Wortham has announced that she will be leaving the district after being named superintendent of Roosevelt Union Free School District.
Wortham, who first became East Ramapo’s interim superintendent in 2015, had previously served as superintendent in the Long Island district from 2013 to 2015.
Her appointment was announced Tuesday night by Roosevelt. Around the same time, East Ramapo school district was holding its board meeting.
Wortham sent a letter of resignation to East Ramapo school board President Harry Grossman on Wednesday afternoon.
In her letter, Wortham said her resignation would be effective Oct. 1. That is the same date the Roosevelt school board has said she would start in that district.
Wortham said that her five-year tenure had brought stability to a district that struggled with failed budget votes, staffing and program cuts and tension between diverse communities. “The historical staffing woes no longer haunt the ever-present growth mindset that frames an abiding efficacious culture of confidence and achievement,” she wrote.
Wortham said in an earlier statement: “With the successes we have achieved, East Ramapo is now at an inflection point ready to build on the foundation we’ve established. The district will continue on the path to proficiency, and will keep going all the way up and beyond!”
Grossman was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.
Wortham has received mixed reviews by members of the public in the East Ramapo district.
She has become well-known for her daily morning messages to all children’s classrooms and her cheerleading of a district that often struggles with tight budgets and a community that is divided on how precious education dollars are spent.
The district has seen more budgets plans rejected at the polls — the latest occuring this month — than any other in New York.
Some 27,000 students who live within the district attend private schools, mostly Orthodox Jewish yeshivas; the public school census is at about 11,000.
For the past decade, the nine-member school board has been dominated by a changing slate of Orthodox Jewish men.
Wortham has generally seen support from the board’s majority.”
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