East Ramapo School District Waiting for Aid Bill to Pass

The East Ramapo School District is waiting for Governor Cuomo to sign the lottery aid bill that was passed through the Assembly and Senate in early June. The bill asks New York for 3.5 million dollars for the district’s coming school year. The district lost much of its budget for the 2013-14 school year, causing cuts in sports, clubs, buses, and jobs such as security guards, nurses, and guidance counselors. Without the money given by the state those cuts will remain in place, but according to President of the Board of Education, Yehuda Weissmandl, the district is moving forward with low expectations that the Governor will sign the bill and they will receive the money by the first day of school on September 9th. Weissmandl said that he and other district officials are wary about the aid because in the bill it is stated that the money received would come with a temporary advisory board that would oversee the spending of the 3.5 million, which the district has thirty years to repay. The concerns are based around the thoughts expressed by officials that the committee would be in place for the entire thirty years, but assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, who added the committee to the bill said that it is meant to be in place for the first year after the aid is received. According to the original bill, written by Senator David Carlucci in the spring, the district is required to send in quarterly reports to the State Education Department and the State Comptroller’s Office.

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