Voters pass school budget

posted May 20, 2015, 6:46 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated May 20, 2015, 6:46 AM ]

[May 20, 2015] On May 19, an estimated 78% of Ramapo Central voters passed the 2015-16 school budget, which is within the state tax cap, fulfills new State mandates and expands staffing to support continued, robust instructional programming aligned with student needs and interests. 

“I would like to thank our community for their continued support of the school budget,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas S. Adams. “This will ensure that we maintain and expand our excellent educational programs as well as our broad array of athletic and extra-curricular activities, engaging our students in a variety of positive experiences.”

The $131,693,736 budget represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.01% and a tax levy increase of 1.54%. For more information on the approved budget, click here.

Proposition 2, which would have permitted the District to use existing Capital Reserve Fund monies to replace two athletic turf fields at Suffern Middle School, was not approved by our voters.  While there is unanimous agreement among Board members that the fields must be replaced, the Board has yet to decide how best to do so.  Over the next several weeks, the Board of Education and administration will be discussing this at public meetings.  

Theresa DiFalco and Teresa Monahan were re-elected to the Board of Education, and Clarke Osborn, who had previously served on the Board, was elected to a new term. Each of the three seats carries a three-year term which begins July 1, 2015 and concludes June 30, 2018.