As the school year begins at Beis Rivkah, Chabad’s largest girls’ school, a new board comprised entirely of volunteers introduced themselves to the parents and staff with a letter, in which they pledged to make an effort to pay the teachers on time.
After “working throughout the year […] we are now poised to embark on the next leg of our journey” the letter reads.
The board’s stated mission is to “help carry the awesome responsibilities that have been carried [until now] by the leadership of Beis Rivkah.” The school’s administrators are R’ Leima Minkowitz and R’ Benji Stock.
In the letter, the board stated that their first concern is to take care of all the back-pay that is owed – totaling over $1 million – which they intend to raise with a matching-funds fundraiser.
The letter also said that two paychecks would be made available for the following day [yesterday], and that five additional postdated checks would be given for after Rosh Hashana. The board “will, bli neder, work diligently to make sure that salaries are paid on time, and to catch up with the remaining balance.”
The board also announced the hiring of Dr. Chaim Botwinick, an educational consultant who has over thirty years of experience among nonprofit organizations and schools, to help with the “evaluation of the realities in [Beis Rivkah] and provide recommendations for improvement and growth.”
The new board is made up of six volunteers, including: Eliezer Shemtov, Dovid Junik, Yerachameal Jacobson, Kasriel Shemtov, Itchik Orimland and Dovid Sputz.