I have lived in the Ramapo Central School District for 11 years (Sloatsburg).
I am a graduate of Bonds-Wilson High School in North Charleston, SC, studied Criminal Justice at Palmer College/Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC, and am a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia, SC.
My first professional job after one year of college was an Assistant Teacher in the Special Education Department of North Charleston High School. I later became a Police Officer in North Charleston ending my career as an Inspector at the Mount Pleasant Police Department in South Carolina.
I have been a Library Board Trustee for the Sloatsburg Public Library for the past 4 years, Chairman of the newly activated Sloatsburg Revitalization Committee and am currently employed at Mercedes-Benz Corporate Headquarters in Montvale, NJ as an Executive Referral Manager in the Customer Advocacy Department.
I am married with no children.
The 3 biggest issues facing the district:
Taxes and Services:
This complex issue involves the cost of education, including teacher salaries/benefits versus the very real benefits of the high quality education Ramapo Central provides. Fiscal fairness is about balancing the concerns of community taxpayers with the best interest of students.
Improving Enrollment in Schools:
Our five Elementary Schools, Middle and High School draw residents and businesses to the district. They are vital community centers. Flat enrollment is a concern and on the minds of many. The district must continue its community outreach to help attract new students to our schools.
School Tax Collection and District Name Change:
I fully support these two issues currently making their way through the legislative process in Albany. Both Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe and NYS Senator David Carlucci have introduced bills related to the school district powers to collect school taxes, thereby saving taxpayers money. The name change to Suffern Central School District helps clarify confusion with East Ramapo while reflecting the character and values of the communities it serves.
I come from a long line of school teachers and educators. I was raised on the importance of civic service which has taught me the value and benefits of education in shaping the quality and character of a community.
I am running for the Ramapo Central School Board to help improve attendance in our schools, fight for fiscal fairness and to continue community outreach so that the district remains strong and healthy.
Darrell L. Frasier