East Ramapo To Appeal Lease Nullification

The East Ramapo School Board has decided to appeal the state’s decision to end the lease with Congregation Avir Yakov of New Square. Without the lease, the district is losing $200,000 this year from renting out the Hillcrest elementary building. The decision, made just over a week ago by the State Education Commissioner John King Jr., is being appealed by seven members of the nine- member board, including president Yehuda Weissmandl, at a meeting on Tuesday just before midnight. All seven members that were present during the vote agreed to retain the Bingham McCutchen law firm for the appeal. In order to successfully appeal the nullification of the lease the school board must present evidence that will show the commissioner’s choice was made without all the facts. Weissmandl said that the district absolutely cannot go without the revenue gained from rent for the Hillcrest building, but until the meeting for appeal the district will move forward with plans to sell Hillcrest and Colton, another elementary school that was closed.

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