Pearl River, NY -- (6/15/16) Tom DePrisco, candidate for the 38th Senate District in New York, today released the following statement:
With a measly $3 million for ONLY one year, our elected officials in Albany expect the East Ramapo School District to: reduce class sizes; expand kindergarten programs; and provide more academic, enrichment, and extracurricular opportunities. In addition, the monitors assigned to East Ramapo will have even less authority than what was proposed last year.
As a seasoned school board member, I can honestly state that it is impractical and impossible to plan long-term enhanced academic programs without a long-term strategy and long-term sustainable funding. The children, parents, and teachers of East Ramapo will have to endure this process again next year. This is another lost opportunity for these public school students.
This is one of the reasons why I am running for the New York State Senate. This band-aid approach, compromises, and “kicking the can down the road” mentality will not suffice.
Resolute leadership, unwavering determination, and school board governance expertise is what I will bring to the table when I am up in Albany as a member of the New York State Senate."
Tom DePrisco is a resident of Pearl River. He serves as the Vice President of the Pearl River School District School Board and the Rockland County School Boards Association. For more information visit www.TomDePrisco.com.