Board Meeting Roundup Notes From December 14 Meeting
December 17, 2021
Dear East Ramapo Central School District Families and School Community,
As we head into the Winter Break, I want to wish our families Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Las Posadas, Happy Kwanza and a Happy New Year! This time between Thanksgiving and the New Year has always been my favorite time of year. We express our gratitude for all the blessings in our lives, spend quality time with family and friends, celebrate, and “take a cup of kindness yet for auld lang syne”. I am thankful to serve as East Ramapo Central School District’s Superintendent, and I am truly looking forward to the days ahead.
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights we discussed during the Board meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2021:
Spring Valley High School Remediation Project
Building renovations are being completed ahead of schedule. Click here to take a look at the progress.
12/20/21: Administrators return to building
12/23/21: All staff return to building; asynchronous instruction
12/24/21- 1/2/22 Campus available for student-athlete training and competitions during Winter Recess
1/3/22 - Students return to in-person instruction
Learning Walks: These visits into the schools throughout the district continue to help us better understand the different approaches to teaching and instruction while absorbing the schools’ unique culture. Also, the Principals have been visiting each others schools, sharing their challenges and successes.
Reminder about Bussing: TOR is offering free fares - until further notice. The District has published an emergency bid (which will allow vendors to begin work immediately) and has also published a formal bid which will be opened in early December. The bid specifications with route details are posted on the district website.
Finances: The Business office gave an update on the operating deficit and the key takeaways are:
- Budget gap from 2020-2021 school year remains (~$35M)
- Borrowing must be paid by June 30, 2022 ($36 borrowed for budget gap + interest)
- Federal Stimulus Funding will end September 2024 ($66M)
If you are interested in viewing the meeting, or reviewing the Board Minutes, please visit https://www.ercsd.org/domain/1420
On behalf of East Ramapo Central School District, I wish you a very happy holiday. Have a safe and restful break, and we will see you in 2022!
Dr. Clarence G. Ellis
Superintendent of Schools