Bond Vote Tuesday; Upcoming Forums

Power of Ten Update

In This Issue:

1. Bond Vote: Feb 3
2. CCRR Children’s Legislative Forum: Feb 6
3. Community Forum for East Ramapo: Feb 11

1) Bond Vote Feb 3

There is no disagreement that the physical infrastructure of East Ramapo Schools is suffering from what people in the real estate industry politely refer to as “deferred maintenance”.

On Tuesday, voters will vote either “YES” to borrow money to put in new roofing, windows, etc, or “NO” to further delay repairs. However, the point of contention does not seem to be whether the repairs are needed, but rather whether the current school governing body can be trusted.

The argument to borrow and spend is made by school board president Weissmandl in this letter to the editor of the Journal News: View: East Ramapo bond will improve schools

The argument to delay the major repairs is made by East Ramapo Underground Host Antonio Luciano on Facebook: Why to Vote No on the Capital Repair Bond on Feb 3, 2015

Information about the vote, including places and times is available on the district clerk’s webpage

2) CCRR Children’s Legislative Forum

Friday, February 6, 2015 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Rockland Community College / Technology Center / Ellipse Room / 145 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901

Join us in a discussion about the needs and services for children and youth in Rockland County

Please RSVP: (845) 425-0009 x0 or

3) Community Forum for East Ramapo

Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 7-9pm
Green Meadow Waldorf School, Arts Building
307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
845.356.2514 x311

Hosted by Green Meadow Waldorf School and led by a diverse planning committee, the goal of this forum is to create simultaneous, facilitated student and adult conversations that build bridges between the often-divided communities in our county and school district: private and public school communities; Latino, Black, White, Asian, multicultural, Hasidic, Orthodox, other faith, and secular communities. We aim to create an open and safe space for dialogue that promotes understanding and compassion and catalyzes change for the benefit of all who live here. Separate student-led and adult conversations will beheld. Both conversations will be facilitated.

Free transportation provided. Buses begin running at 6pm from the Spring Valley bus/train station.