Assemblyman Zebrowski Reaches Out For East Ramapo District

Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski released a statement last week, urging the State Education Department to get further involved in the East Ramapo School District after the Legislative session ended last month with no oversight bill passed. The Assemblyman, as well as Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee and Senator David Carlucci, spent a large part of the session attempting to pass legislation that would give a state appointed monitor the power to veto decisions made by the school board, or give oversight power to the state Comptroller’s office. In the letter, sent to new Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia, Zebrowski asked that the Department appoint a temporary monitor, following the suggestions given by last year’s monitor Hank Greenburg who submitted a report on the district. Along with the duty of keeping track of the board, Zebrowski asks that the monitor be able to publicly disagree with the decisions made by members regarding the school district’s finances and day-to-day procedures. At the same time the Assemblyman sent a letter to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, asking for an audit to “determine whether there has been any fraud or misappropriation of funds over the years.” According to Zebrowski this will help guide the district to solve existing problems and make better choices in the future. Parents and county officials rallied for months in hopes of getting oversight for East Ramapo, which is wracked with internal issues, including disputes between private and public schools, many stating that a majority of funding goes to private religious schools, where enrollment outnumbers public schools.

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