“If the state does not continue to provide a $3 million allocation in aid this year to East Ramapo, the school district will have to cut universal kindergarten and art classes in elementary schools, which are two programs that were just restored in the fall, according to a report by the district’s monitors.
In “A New Beginning,” which was released Tuesday morning by the state Education Department, monitors Charles Szuberla and John Sipple report on steps taken by the East Ramapo district over the last year to turn itself around, outline priorities and identify challenges that lie ahead.
Szuberla and Sipple called for continued oversight of the district to ensure “recent gains are not lost” and that “progress continues to be made.” The Board of Regents in December requested the continuation of funding for monitors in its 2017 budget.
They also issued a recommendation for Albany lawmakers to authorize $3 million in supplemental aid to keep full-day kindergarten and instruction for art, music, dance and theater classes in grades K-6. If East Ramapo tried to maintain the programs on its own, it would exhaust the district’s current fund balance and leave school officials with “very limited capacity to address unforeseen fiscal challenges,” the report says.”
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