East Ramapo Settling Colton Elementary Lawsuit

The East Ramapo School District board members voted 5-0 at Tuesday’s meeting to settle a lawsuit they have been fighting against the two Yeshivas renting the Colton Elementary school building. The district has been in court with the tenants since May 2011, when a 6.6 million dollar sale of the building to Congregation Bais Malka and the Hebrew Academy for Special Children was questioned by a resident for being undervalued. The Yeshivas filed claims that they were owed rent credit by the district and have been in court for some time, with East Ramapo deciding to settle the property is now able to be sold. This year’s budget for the East Ramapo District includes 5 million dollars from the sale of the building, and officials stated that if they don’t sell the site by June 30 they will take out a revenue deficiency note. In December 2013 State Education Commissioner John King approved the sale, claiming that the resident who came forward did not have proof that the property was worth a higher value.

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