Taxpayers in the East Ramapo Central School District (ERCSD) in Rockland County NY, are gearing up for a major showdown with the Teacher’s Unions ahead of the May 15 annual School Board and Budget vote.
The five-year contract with the teacher’s is up for a renewal later this year, and the nine-member Board will vote and decide the final print of the contract.
Three of the nine-seats are up for a three-year term: The current President of the Board Morris (Moshe) Kohn is not seeking re-election. Instead, Jacob Lefkowitz is vying for the seat, while incumbent Eli Solomon is running for re-election. Yona Rothman is contesting the seat currently held by Joann Thompson. Joining Thompson are union-backed candidates Kim Foskew and Hiram Rivera.
The rise in school tax on property owners in recent years were drastically lower than in the previous era because the recent Boards cut waste; reduced unneeded staff, and consolidated programs, thus saving millions of dollars annually. However, the savings were limited due to union-friendly lucrative contract signed by the old Board with the teachers five years ago. With negotiations now underway for a new-five year contract, the upcoming election is expected to be hotly contested.