E. Ramapo schools removed from ‘fiscally stressed’ list

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The state says the East Ramapo Central School District has improved financially after sitting on a list of "fiscally stressed" districts since 2015.

This year, the district has been taken off the list after overcoming a $6 million deficit.

Administrators did that with help from the state, which pitched in an extra $3 million for improvements, art programs and full-day kindergarten.

Officials say they also worked to better pool resources between the district's 14 schools.

"We saw 14 districts, in essence, each school operating independently and not operating and sharing resources," says Deborah Wortham, the superintendent. "We did not make cuts. What we did, we studied."

Officials say that students have also improved academically.

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