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Josh RultenbergOct 12, 2017, 10:44 am

East Ramapo School District gets report card from the state

Report says district is making improvements in academics and finances

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SPRING VALLEY — The East Ramapo School District has had its fair share of issues in the past. However, the state has released a report detailing the district's recent progress.

The report says the district is taking actions to improve its financial and academic standing along with its full compliance with state and federal law.

Some of the areas where East Ramapo has seen positive change include a full restoration of full-day kindergarten and arts programs, embarking on a $58 million capital improvement plan.

In a statement, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said:.

"With the help and guidance of our State Monitors, the East Ramapo Central School District continues to make great strides in improving academics and its financial position. With increased education opportunities, improved learning environments, and better fiscal oversight, the district is addressing long-standing problems to help all students succeed."

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who rates and groups school districts into one of four fiscal risk categories, upgraded East Ramapo from the highest level of significant stress the last two years down to moderate fiscal stress back in January.

The monitors also recommended:

- The creation of a budget advisory committee so there can be more transparency and communication between the district and the community.
- A district-wide review of its nonpublic student textbook loan program.
- An examination of nonpublic school transportation.
- Holding community meetings this fall to see if polling site locations need to be changed.

The state education department has also created an electronic mailing list for the district in which students, parents, teachers will get updates on further progress.

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