New Spring Valley Mayor Says East Ramapo Schools Are Priority

Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme
Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme

The newly sworn in mayor of Spring Valley, Demeza Delhomme, said the village must get involved in the crisis faced by the East Ramapo School District. The village board passed a resolution on Monday stating that the school district was an emergency priority. 

“Village Hall will no longer stand on the sidelines on the critical issue of East Ramapo,” said Mayor Delhomme. “When people talk about the children of East Ramapo, they are talking about the children of Spring Valley, where most students live. As their mayor, I will fight for their interests everywhere – from Village Hall to Study Hall.” 

The resolution approved by the village board this afternoon called for the village to play an active role in addressing the issues facing the East Ramapo Central School District. Calling the situation in East Ramapo a “crisis,” the resolution added that fixing the school district will now be considered “an emergency priority” by the mayor and village board.

This resolution is believed to be the first of its typed by a governmental body in history of Rockland County.  The measure advocates for a change in the educational formulas and also requests that the state provide a report to the village board on the “fiscal and academic health” of the district.

Senator David Carlucci who has been involved in asking for state intervention in the financially troubled school district supported Delhomme and the board’s action. 

"I applaud Mayor Delhomme for placing the needs of East Ramapo's children at the top of his agenda," said Carlucci. "That's the kind of strong leadership we need to get Spring Valley back on track."


Robert Ward Kurkela December 03, 2013 at 12:30 PM
"The measure advocates for a change in the educational formulas" I have seen private school parents in East Ramapo use the word "formula" when defending the actions of the current school board. I want clarification on what "formulas" need to be changed. The fact that this new mayor is using the exact word as the private school parents troubles me.
MitchP December 03, 2013 at 01:12 PM
It's interesting--to me at least--that the population of Spring Valley voted for the county executive candidate also supported by the local population that dismantled ERSCD.
Robert Ward Kurkela December 03, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Mitch, people in Spring Valley like David Fried. I can tell you this because I have been working with a few activists in their community recently. They felt Ed's campaign was run on fear. I supported Ed, by the way. I personally don't believe he ran on fear but rather ran on the reality of what has happened in ER.
MitchP December 03, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Robert - I also agree that Ed's campaign was not run on 'fear' but how can you live in the town of Ramapo and/or the ER school district and be earnestly hopeful?
Robert Ward Kurkela December 03, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I have a gut feeling this new mayor is in bed with the bloc. His announcement that East Ramapo will be top priority appears orchestrated. However, I will give him the benefit of the doubt that he is an independent thinker. Mitch, there are many fine people keeping the hope alive in East Ramapo. After all that has been taken away from their children they continue on, doing all they can to end the tyranny. These are amazing people.
kate cahill December 04, 2013 at 08:50 AM
Perhaps the problem is people voting on party lines? There are many who feel that it is "traitorous" to "cross over" (even if is in their best interest!)
hardtimes December 08, 2013 at 02:44 PM
i have always voted for whom i thought will do the best job,unfortunately most people don't


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »