On the first day of school, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and I greeted students as they arrived at Kakiat Elementary School. It was such a pleasure to see the enthusiasm on all the children’s faces as they headed into to school, eager to start a new school year.
Wednesday, Sep. 7 was also the first opportunity to explain the role of the State Monitors for the East Ramapo Central School District to the public. It was also an opportunity for Superintendent Deborah Wortham to describe the district’s Long-Term Strategic Academic Plan and plan for the $3 million provided by the Legislature and Governor. Thank you to all parents and community members who turned out to listen and comment on the plan.
I very much appreciated hearing the strong community support for high standards and graduating college and career-ready students. The district’s new slogan “All the Way Up” sums it up best. It was also encouraging to hear the overwhelming support for restoring full-day Kindergarten and the Arts with the $3 million . Despite the support, I also heard the passionate pleas from parents to implement full-day Kindergarten now. The Commissioner and I are committed to completing the review mandated by Chapter 89 of the Laws of 2016 as expeditiously as possible and want to assure all parents there will be full-day Kindergarten for all students before the end of the month, if not sooner.
Now the really hard work begins implementing the plan and I look forward to working with District, School Board and community to do so.
Charles A. Szuberla, Jr.
Chief State Monitor
Education Building Annex
Albany, NY 12234
tel.: (518) 474-2238