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Board Meeting Roundup Notes From Nov 2 Board Meeting

School Board Roundup Notes

November 4, 2021

Dear East Ramapo Central School District Families and School Community,

Since my first day as Superintendent of Schools on July 1st, I have met some extraordinary people in East Ramapo - bright and eager students, dedicated teachers, supportive staff and committed administrators.

Our classrooms are alive with exploration, discovery and achievement. Our stages and studios are filled with talent and creativity. Our gyms, fields and tracks are beehives of activity, and our student-athletes are strong and determined. Our East Ramapo fans are devoted. While East Ramapo continues to face challenges, I am so thrilled to be a part of this remarkable school community. 

In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights we discussed during the Board meeting on Tuesday, November 2, 2021:

Final Five
The Final Five Commitment Ceremony
for the Class of 2022 took place at Ramapo High School on Thursday evening, October 21st. This joint promise between students, parents and mentors/teachers focuses on completing the final steps for graduation and post-secondary planning. The final five steps are a commitment to pass Regents exams, take the SAT/ACT, have good attendance and discipline record, have 60 community service hours, and apply to at least one college. 


Spring Valley High School:
The capital improvement project is underway, and remediation is on schedule to be completed by December 23, 2021, with the anticipated return to in-person instruction for students on January 3, 2022. Meanwhile, virtual learning is being conducted by our resilient Spring Valley teaching staff, and PSAT/SATs took place at Torne Valley on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.



Learning Walk
Learning Walks: 
On a weekly basis, the Executive Cabinet has been making weekly visits to schools throughout the district, gaining a keen understanding of building needs, spending quality time listening to the administrators, and observing the teachers, learning targets, student engagement, and differentiated instruction in a blended environment.



Leadership in Action
Leadership in Action Network Meetings:
This professional learning session takes place on a monthly basis, where our East Ramapo administrators and teacher leaders take part in team-building activities, collaborate, plan and monitor school progress, and cross-pollinate ideas to help students achieve academic success.



Bussing Update
: The District has made significant progress in providing transportation for more of our students. We continue to work with our transportation providers to ensure the students are transported to and from school, safely and promptly.


If you are interested in viewing the meeting or reviewing the Board Minutes, you can access the BoardDocs here: 


The East Ramapo school community has demonstrated remarkable resolve during the pandemic. In many ways, COVID-19 has highlighted the vital importance of our collective work and contributions -  from transforming the way we educate students to providing innovative supports and services to our children and families. 

Despite the challenges we face, I am grateful to be part of this extraordinary community of people, and I remain optimistic for what we can continue to accomplish together.

Thank you. 

Dr. Clarence G. Ellis
Superintendent of Schools