Chestnut Ridge school mourns loss of principal

Administrators and teachers in the East Ramapo school district are mourning the loss of a beloved elementary school principal.



Patricia Simmons, the longtime principal of Fleetwood Elementary School in Chestnut Ridge, died of cancer on Dec. 27.



The 63-year-old was viewed as a fierce student advocate during her 14-year tenure.



Grief counselors were at Fleetwood Elementary Monday to help students and teachers cope with the loss.



A memorial service for Simmons is scheduled to be held Saturday at First Baptist Church in Tarrytown.


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