“Ramapo Central officials plan to render a decision sometime next month as to whether they will seek permission from the state to change the district’s name to Suffern Central as a way to differentiate itself from East Ramapo.
During a public hearing Tuesday evening on the idea, the school board heard a mixed reaction from the community, ranging from those who believed the district should move forward and longtime residents who believed eliminating the word “Ramapo” would be a blow to the area’s heritage.
The idea first came up last fall as the district was formulating its strategic plan, a process that involved administration, board members, faculty and the community, according to Board President Theresa DiFalco. Rebranding the district could lead to less mix ups stemming from the similar sounding names of two neighboring school districts, DiFalco has said.
East Ramapo serves about 8,500 students from the Spring Valley area while Ramapo Central’s population of around 4,800 comes from Airmont, Hillburn, Montebello, Sloatsburg, Suffern and part of Monsey. East Ramapo, which is now under state oversight, has made headlines both locally and nationally for its troubles in recent years.”
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