Long Island Superintendent To Lead East Ramapo District

SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. -

A Long Island school official has been named to lead the East Ramapo school district, with the current superintendant announcing his resignation at the end of the month.

Deborah Wortham will lead the school district of East Ramapo, home to Monsey and Spring Valley. She’s currently superintendent of the Roosevelt school district on Long Island.

Yehuda Weissmandl, the school board’s president, announced at a meeting Wednesday night that Superintendent Joel Klein will retire on Oct. 31.

The Rockland County district is overwhelmingly populated by Orthodox Jews who send their children to private schools. The public school system has about 8,000 students who are largely black and Latino. With a skewed funding formula that causes them to get less money than other districts, it has caused friction between the two communities.

The state appointed experts in August to offer guidance to district leaders.

Marnie Hazelton will be at Roosevelt’s helm for the rest of the school year. Hazleton is that district’s assistant superintendent for elementary education.