Officials want $5M in funding for East Ramapo SD

The plan centers on an additional $5 million allocation for the district, given each year for the next three years.

The plan centers on an additional $5 million allocation for the district, given each year for the next three years. (4/6/16)

RAMAPO - Millions of dollars in funding for the beleaguered East Ramapo Central School District did not make it into this year's state budget, but state lawmakers are not giving up hope.

The district has had its share of recent problems, which Rockland County officials now realize must be addressed. Negotiations have been ongoing between the school board president, public school advocates and the state Department of Education, along the with state Assembly and Senate.

All parties agree that East Ramapo public school students need the educational and extracurricular opportunities that have been cut over the past several years. Those cuts include full-day pre-K and extra guidance counselors and social workers.

The plan centers on an additional $5 million allocation for the district, given each year for the next three years.

The goal is to push the plan through by the end of the next legislative session, which ends mid-June.

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