Appointment Continues Cooperation Among State, District and Community to Advance Progress Already Made by Monitor Team
Spanish and Haitian-Creole Versions of News Release are Available
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia today appointed Charles Szuberla as monitor for the East Ramapo Central School District. Szuberla, a well-known former Deputy Commissioner who served the Department for 29 years before his retirement in late 2015, will lead the Department’s continuing efforts to provide enhanced communication with the East Ramapo community through greater outreach to students, parents and stakeholders. He will be supported by Dr. John W. Sipple, a Cornell University professor who continues in his role as monitor, specializing in budgeting and fiscal matters.
Read the full news release in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole.
See the letter from Commissioner Elia to the East Ramapo community regarding the new law, S.8131/A.10723.
East Ramapo Community Letter – English
East Ramapo Community Letter – Spanish
East Ramapo Community Letter – Haitian Creole
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Read the letter from Commissioner Elia thanking East Ramapo monitors Dennis Walcott, Monica George-Fields, & John Sipple for their service.
Commissioner Elia issued the following statement following the appointment of Deborah Wortham as interim Superintendent of the East Ramapo Central School District:
“[T]he East Ramapo School District has taken a major step forward. Dr. Deborah L. Wortham brings the right kind of experience and leadership the district needs. Dennis Walcott and the East Ramapo Monitoring Team have been working tirelessly to effect change and improvement in the district, and helping bring Dr. Wortham on board is evidence of the remarkable work the team has done so far.
“Dr. Wortham will be a strong voice for all the district’s students. I look forward to working with her, Senator Carlucci, Assemblymembers Jaffee and Zebrowski, the monitors and the East Ramapo school board to restore stability in the district and ensure that all East Ramapo students have the educational opportunities they need and deserve.”
Within the last few weeks, Lead Monitor Dennis Walcott had the opportunity to attend Hispanic Heritage Night and meet with the Rockland Clergy for Social Justice (RC4SJ).
The RC4SJ meeting was attended by over 20 religious leaders from various denominations and the meeting was productive. Dennis heard about several pressing issues important to the Clergy, focusing on several issues highlighting the urgency to find solutions for the students of East Ramapo.
The Monitors have several meetings coming up, including with Get Up, Stand Up: East Ramapo and with the Rockland County School Boards.
The Monitors work has continued over the last two weeks, with the members of the team maintaining a regular presence in district schools and with administrators.
Here are some pictures of recent visits to Spring Valley High School and Summit Park Elementary School.
Thank you to all the members of the community that were able to attend the forum on Thursday, October 1 at the Ramapo Cultural and Performing Arts Center. We appreciated the opportunity to report on our progress and hear from parents, teachers, and community members about issues of concern. If you were unable to attend the forum, it is available for viewing here.
Presentation made by the monitors: