East Ramapo Interim Superintendent to Start Today

East Ramapo School District monitor Dennis Walcott, who was appointed by state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and the Department of Education over the summer, spoke on Sunday at the Gracepoint Gospel Church in New City. Walcott stated to the crowd that newly hired interim Superintendent Deborah Wortham officially begins her position today, and asked parents and residents to have patience as changes start to happen. Walcott is on a three person team appointed by the state, who are evaluating the district following complaints from hundreds of parents and students about school conditions and lack of programs, as well as claims that the school board favors private school students and has discriminated against African American and Hispanic students in the past. Former Superintendent Joel Klein was forced to resign after he made offensive comments towards Hispanic students. Walcott stated that Wortham will improve the district for all students, though it will not happen overnight.

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