“A state Supreme Court judge has ordered the closure of a Route 306 private school operating without town approvals, but town officials said the school’s appeal will stall emptying the modular classrooms of students.
Congregation Bais Chinuch Ateres Bnos — which has been subject to fire and safety code violations — has been teaching more than 300 students for more than a year at 261 Route 306 without town permits and site plan approval.
The school’s two-year temporary certificate of occupancy expired Sept. 30, 2017.
The congregation had been issued a permit Sept. 18, 2015, to educate dozens of girls in what became 10 interconnected modular classroom trailers at a complex of schools on Route 306 in Monsey. The town has since revoked its law allowing temporary modular classrooms while a congregation constructed a school.
Judge Paul Marx ruled Nov. 19 that Ramapo can shut down the school until the congregation obtains site plan approval from the Planning Board and a certificate of occupancy, among other needed approvals.
Marx found the congregation delayed getting site plan approval and noted the Zoning Board of Appeals has denied the congregation variances for the school.
The congregation “has not raised an issue of fact warranting denial of (Ramapo) plaintiff’s motion,” Marx ruled. “There’s no dispute that (congregation) defendants are using and occupying the premises without a certificate of occupancy.”
Marx rejected the congregation’s argument that the town had delayed the approval process and that closure would deny the children an education.”
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