Here’s the latest, via Twitter, from Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte, who’s been weighing in on the crisis in East Ramapo schools a lot lately. (Lacorte is among several people running for the Rockland County Executive seat.)
My letter to
#EastRamapo SB Prez Schwartz & Comm King demanding to fill SB vacancies w/ PS advocates http://solutions2013.com/content/mayor-lacorte-demands-fair-process-east-ramapo-school-board-appointments-urges-state … @MareesaNicosia
3:31 p.m. – Feb 15, 2013 · Details
Lacorte’s letter urges State Education Commissioner John King Jr. to oversee the appointment of two new East Ramapo school board members to make sure the interests of public school students are served. Suzanne Young-Mercer and Stephen Price, the last two board members who aren’t part of the Orthodox and Hasidic communities, resigned last month citing intimidation and harassment by their fellow board members.
His second letter (see link above) to school board president Daniel Schwartz asks that the appointment process be “open and fair” and that the two new members “do not conform to the identical sentiment and philosophy” as the rest of the board, which is now comprised of seven Orthodox and Hasidic men.
The district is accepting applications for board candidates through Monday, Feb. 18.
Who will ultimately fill the seats and what will the state do, if anything, to help East Ramapo? Check back with www.lohud.com and follow me on Twitter @MareesaNicosia for continuing coverage.