The East Ramapo Central School District continues to closely monitor the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety and well-being of our school community is our top priority. All ERCSD decisions are being made with the best-available guidance from the Rockland County Department of Health and the New York State Education Department. Please check here often as the situation evolves. Further updates may be forthcoming.
The East Ramapo Central School District is participating in flexible home learning days, through a series of activities. Our goal is to continue engaging students with content while challenging them through independent practice. Flexible learning activities will reinforce concepts that students have learned, as well as extend learning. A link to each school’s personalized webpage dedicated to flexible home learning activities is forthcoming.
“Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch will be provided for free, every day school is closed, for the District’s students in low-income families, and for every child who comes to the Food Banks. Saturday and Sunday meals will be available to be picked up at the Food Banks each Friday.
During this time of great need in Rockland County, Child Care Resources of Rockland, Rockland BOCES, and our eight school districts are committed to helping emergency care workers continue to do their job. The Districts is proud to open our doors to provide childcare for children ages 5-12 for healthcare workers and first responders with no other childcare options. If you are eligible, please complete the form linked within this letter.
The March 31, 2020 was cancelled. When it is rescheduled the revised meeting date will be posted.
Because of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency and State and Federal bans on large meetings or gatherings and pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order issued on March 12, 2020 suspending the Open Meetings Law, the Board of Education Regular Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. will be held electronically via online web conferencing technology instead of a public meeting open for the public to attend in person. At that time it will consider all matters lawfully coming before the Board. It is anticipated that the Board may enter an executive session to discuss matters lawfully to be so considered.
Members of the public may attend the Board meeting virtually. Instructions to access the meeting will be posted on the website and on social media on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Minutes of the Board of Education Regular Meeting will be transcribed and posted on the website.
“Suspension of law allowing the attendance of meetings telephonically or other similar service:
Article 7 of the Public Officers Law, to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed;”
Interim Board Vacancy
** Updated March 16, 2020 **
Application Deadline Extended to Noon, Monday, March 23, 2020
Due to the current coronavirus situation, Candidate applications and resumes will only be accepted via email at email@example.com
The appointment of an interim Board member will be from the date of the Board appointment (anticipated to be at the March 31, 2020 Board meeting) until the date of the next Budget Vote and Election on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. A candidate appointed as interim Board member may, if they choose, petition to be on the May 19, 2020 ballot for election to fulfill the remainder of the term (May 20, 2020 to June 30, 2022) for the seat formerly held by Charles Bernard, Jr.
The Board is seeking applicants from among qualified District residents. The minimum qualifications for candidates for the Board of Education are:
With schoolchildren as their focus, cognizant of responsibilities to the taxpayer, school board members act officially at the board table, working with other board members and the School Superintendent to serve students and accomplish the District’s mission statement, As a unified community, the East Ramapo Central School District is committed to educating the whole child by providing a healthy, safe, supportive, engaging and challenging learning environment.
The time commitment includes usually two evening Board meetings a month, one or more committee meetings and invited attendance at a variety of school events and functions as well as some education conferences / workshops.
Once appointed, you will be required by New York State law to fulfill mandatory training within your first year of service. Relevant Board policies on governance, Board powers, duties and responsibilities are available on the District website, under Board of Education, Policies, in Series 2000 Governance and Operation at https://ny02205564.schoolwires.net/Page/99 and also on the NYSSBA website at https://www.nyssba.org/member-services/running-for-the-school-board/.
Interested applicants should complete the application form on the District website under District Clerk Forms https://ny02205564.schoolwires.net/Page/299 and mail, hand-deliver, or email with the subject, Board Applicant. To ensure that you are considered as a candidate both the completed application and resume must be received no later than Noon on Monday, March 23, 2020 by the District Clerk at:
The Board as a group will review applications, with resumes, as “matters leading to the appointment of a particular person to the Board of Education” during Executive Session on March 24, 2020.
As directed by the Board, the District Clerk will contact the top applicants to invite them to the March 31, 2020 Board meeting where the Board will conduct interviews in open session.
At the meeting each applicant will be given three (3) minutes to address the Board to highlight why they would be a good Board member. For example:
Why do you want to be a Board member?
What is your responsibility to the taxpayer?
What skills would you bring to the Board?
Give examples of your interpersonal skills and ability to work in groups.
What is the role of the school board vs. the role of individual members?
What previous experience has prepared you for being on the Board?
Describe previous experience with community or non-profit groups.
In what direction would you like to see the District go?
In what areas do you think the Board needs to grow?
How much time can you commit to Board duties?
The Board as a group will discuss applicants as “matters leading to the appointment of a particular person to the Board of Education” during Executive Session on March 31, 2020. Following Executive Session, the Board will vote on whether to appoint a particular individual when they return to open session. If the candidate is not approved by a majority of the Board, the Board President may call for further deliberations, call for another vote, call for a vote on another individual, or repeat the process.