By Lanning Taliaferro –

SUFFERN, NY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed into law a bill changing the name of the Ramapo Central School District to the Suffern Central School District. School district residents and officials had become increasingly unhappy about being often mistaken for the troubled, controversial East Ramapo Central School District. The now-Suffern school district is a quiet, high-achieving community, while the East Ramapo district is beset by problems that are religious, ethnic, financial and academic.

“Our School District is incredibly pleased that legislation authorizing the Commissioner of Education to change our name to the Suffern Central School District was unanimously passed by both the State Assembly and Senate and now has been signed by Governor Cuomo,” Stephen Walker, Ramapo Central School District Deputy Superintendent said in a press release. “We would like to thank Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Senator David Carlucci and Assemblyman Karl Brabenec for their support of this legislation, and we look forward to beginning the upcoming 2017-2018 school year as Suffern Central!”

The legislation, signed on Aug. 21, will go into effect 30 days from that date.

According to Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, Ramapo Central often receives media queries, as well as questions from the public and other school districts that are intended for the East Ramapo Central School District and other area schools. Additionally, voters are often confused regarding in which school district they should cast their vote for school board and school budget elections.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Jaffee (D-Suffern) and Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Westchester.

“This is a common-sense step that the School District is taking to help alleviate a confusion in the community and one that was widely supported throughout the community,” Carlucci said. “I applaud the School District’s leadership for identifying this as a potential solution and sticking to it through it the end of the legislative process.”

Jaffee said, “This legislation will clarify the independence of the Ramapo Central School District. I commend the School Board and District Leadership for working together with the Ramapo Central community to resolve this issue.”

“For years, both the middle school and high school of the Ramapo School District used the name ‘Suffern,'” Assemblyman Karl Brabenec (R-Orange/Rockland) said. “Changing the school district’s name to Suffern Central School District will clear up a lot of confusion and differentiate the identity of two separate school districts that had previously shared a very similar name. Kudos to both Senator Carlucci and Assemblywoman Jaffee for helping to make this name change a reality.”

(Source – Patch)

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