PRESS STATEMENT FROM ELLEN JAFFEE
“I applaud State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia for the appointment of Charles Szuberla as East Ramapo Central School District Monitor. In making this appointment the Commissioner and (SED) recognizes and is actively responding to the critical and positive role the Monitors played on the ground during the 2015-16 school year.
“I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Mr. Szuberla, who was responsive to the concerns I raised over the years, regarding the serious and ongoing issues facing the District. As a well-known Deputy Commissioner, he is highly-knowledgeable on all matters of education policy. His 29 years of proven experience and leadership give him the credentials to support and to work effectively with the District and the community to ensure that the public school students have access to much-needed programs and services and that the District is on a path to fiscal stability.
“I am confident that together with Fiscal Monitor, Dr. John Sipple, and Superintendent, Dr. Deborah Wortham, Mr. Szuberla will fulfill the duties and responsibilities specifically set forth in legislation I sponsored along with my colleagues, Assemblymember Ken Zebrowski and Senator David Carlucci, that was enacted in June.
“This appointment is another significant step forward in providing a long-term solution that addresses the unique needs of the district. I am hopeful that it will help restore the trust that is crucial to continuing the work ahead of us and determining what actions should be taken next legislative session.”