East Ramapo School Trustee Speaks Against Letter From President

East Ramapo School Trustee Pierre Germain stated on Wednesday that he disagrees with the letter recently sent to state Education Commissioner John King Jr., by board President Yehuda Weismandl. Weismandl stated in the letter that the Governor’s move to appoint a fiscal monitor was offensive and done for “divisive local politics.” According to Germain when Weismandl sent the first draft of the letter to his fellow board members he sent back an email expressing his disagreement, questioning why the district needs to fight the position if they are not doing anything wrong. According to the Journal News other members on the board, who did not want to have their names reported, felt similar to Germain, opposing the harsh wording and make up of the President’s letter. Recently Senator David Carlucci expressed his concerns on the district’s decision to turn down $3.5 million dollars in state aid due to the condition that a financial overseer be involved in the money. Germain also stated that he is troubled by the decision and recently attended a Rockland Clergy for Social Justice event to hear their concerns, the group includes local religious leaders and activists who have been traveling to Albany to speak with representatives about helping both public and private school students in East Ramapo. The fiscal monitor, Attorney Hank Greenburg, will be reviewing East Ramapo’s records and assisting them with financial decisions.

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