School board seats up for grabs in East Ramapo

Changes could be coming to the beleaguered East Ramapo Central School District as four of its nine school board seats will be up for grabs

Changes could be coming to the beleaguered East Ramapo Central School District as four of its nine school board seats will be up for grabs in the upcoming school elections.

Changes could be coming to the beleaguered East Ramapo Central School District as four of its nine school board seats will be up for grabs in the upcoming school elections. (3/30/16)

SPRING VALLEY - Changes could be coming to the beleaguered East Ramapo Central School District as four of its nine school board seats will be up for grabs in the upcoming school elections.

A retired teacher and high school principal, Jean Fields says she believes she has what is needed to make a difference in the district.

There are deep divisions in East Ramapo schools, which has a board dominated by members of the Orthodox Jewish community. And last year, Dennis Walcott was appointed by the state Department of Education as a monitor to oversee the district's affairs.

Fields is one of four women in a coalition seeking the four open seats on the board. That coalition is rounded out by Kim Foskew, Natashia Morales and the group's only incumbent, Sabrina Charles-Pierre, who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board.

In addition to Charles-Pierre, the seat of the current board president Yheuda Weissmandl is open this year, as are the positions of Pierre Germain and Bernard Charles. Charles tells News 12 that he has not yet decided if he will seek another term, and Weissmandl and Germain have not announced their plans.

Meanwhile, Fields says she is running to restore confidence in East Ramapo.

School board elections are currently scheduled for May 17.

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