Who's Who on the School Board
The information below was found on the East Ramapo Central School District Website (http://www.eram.k12.ny.us/) and other sources, as cited below.
Yehuda Weissmandl: President. Resides in Spring Valley. Self-employed contractor. Re-elected in 2016.
Yonah Rothman: Vice President. Resides in Wesley Hills. Hardware supplies salesman for a Long Island Company. Identifies himself as a "father of a special needs child" to explain district policies.[i] Elected 2012 and re-elected in 2015.
Bernard L. Charles, Jr.: Resides in Spring Valley. Former Spring Valley Mayoral Candidate. Husband of Ramapo Councilwoman Brendel Logan. Son of former Spring Valley NAACP President. Current director of Town of Ramapo Cultural Arts Center. [ii] Elected to school board with support from the South East Ramapo Taxpayers Association, a group which represents the district’s ultra-Orthodox population.[iii] Elected 2013, and re-elected in 2016.
Pierre Germain: Resides in Chestnut Ridge. Owns a construction business in Chestnut Ridge. Children attend private Catholic Schools. Elected to the school board with support from the South East Ramapo Taxpayers Association, a group which represents the district’s ultra-Orthodox population.[v] Elected 2013, and re-elected in 2016.
Harry Grossman: Resides in New Hempstead. Is the current East Ramapo representative on the Rockland BOCES Board of Education. He has taught at a Yeshiva high school in Orange County, NY.[vi] Appointed February 2014 to fill a board vacancy left by Mara Luz Corado. Re-elected in 2017.
Jacob J. Lefkowitz: Resides in Monsey. Works at property management firm in Newark, NJ. Elected in 2012, and re-elected in 2015.
Sabrina Charles-Pierre: Resides in Spring Valley. Mother of students in the public school system. Elected in 2016.
Joel Freilich: Resides in Monsey. Head of legal at the Brooklyn-based Excellent Home Care. Elected in 2017.
Mark Berkowitz: Retired special educator from the district; represented non-public schools in the East Ramapo Teachers Association. Elected in 2017.