A little more than a year after his resignation as a member of the Ramapo Central School District board, Suffern’s Police Chief Clarke Osborn threw his hat back in the ring vying for one of the 2 spots on the Board.
Osborn was nearing completion of his Masters in Human Resources and Training and Development at Seton Hall but it was his ailing mother that helped him decide to take a step back in order to take focus on her. Yvonne ‘Chickie’ Osborn passed away in May of 2014.
With a focus on school safety, successfully managing the budget at the Suffern Police Department and ten years of previous experience on the board, Osborn will be a formidable opponent come election time in May. Budgets are always an issue within the district and there are a number of challenges on the horizon including the possibility that the Orange Avenue Project in Suffern is back on the table. Add in Novartis’ impending departure and the huge financial hole that will leave in the district’s budget, experience and prudence are two traits that Osborn brings to the table.
“Leaving the RCSD Board was a difficult choice” said Osborn, “With my mom not doing well I didn’t have the time that I felt was necessary to devote to the board so I decided to put my mom first.”
The RCSD board election takes place in May. Candidates general visit local schools to meet parents and answer questions. The dates of these meetings will be provided as soon as they become available.