Petition Filed Challenging Sale of Hillcrest Elementary

Parents in the East Ramapo District are filing a petition with the acting New York State Education Commissioner, Beth Berlin, raising concerns about the sale of Hillcrest Elementary School, and asking for the removal of all nine board of education members. Betty Carmand and Steve White, both from Spring Valley, stated that the sale of $4.9 million was millions less than market value, and the board did not have the property properly appraised. This is the second sale of the Hillcrest Building to Congregation Avir Yakov, the first was annulled when it was challenged for similar reasons. Carmand stated that the reasoning behind the recent petition is that the district showed “favoritism” for the congregation and the sale was completed in an emergency meeting for far less than it was allegedly worth.

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