YONKERS, NY — February 19, 2014 — The Yonkers Board of Education (YBoE) Trustees Special Meeting of Wednesday, February 19, 2014, was much anticipated and well attended. Many seemed to know dribs and drabs of what was expected to happen. The gathered huddled among associates of like mind and political agenda. There was a sense of foreboding and another that seemed to catapult others to a wake. YBoE Trustee President Dr. Nader Sayegh, Esq.,(Pictured left) broke the spell by suggesting the board go into executive session for approximately 15 minutes to discuss a personnel issue. After a 6 for and 2 against vote, the YBoE Trustees exited the 28 Wells 4th Floor Conference room to a different gathering spot. Their collective exit permitted more gossip to enthrall the inquisitive crowd.
After a few minutes more than initially anticipated, the YBoE Trustees re-entered the Conference Room. Again, Trustee President Dr. Sayegh spoke. He advised that on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, then Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio tendered his resignation to the YBoE Trustees and that it was indeed accepted.
“We thank Mr. Pierorazio for his forty years of dedicated service to the [Yonkers Public Schools] District and wish him well in his future endeavors,” noted Trustee President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh eloquently.
Thereafter, Trustee President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh advised the Board had been in discussion with Yonkers resident Dr. Michael Yazurlo (pictured top right) to accept the position of Appointed Interim Superintendent of Schools.
“Dr. Yazurlo’s vast experience as a superintendent, administrator, teacher and professor makes him highly qualified for this position. His seasoned leadership will maintain stability as the District moves forward and his expertise in the fields of education finance and law will help us navigate through our current budget deficit,” continued Sayegh.
Furthermore, Sayegh shared, “Dr. Yazurlo was born in Yonkers and educated in the Yonkers Public Schools, where he also began his teaching profession. He is the former Superintendent of Tuckahoe Union Free School District, where he served for 13 years, and an Associate Professor of Graduate Education at The College of Saint Rose and State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Yazurlo began his career as a science teacher in the Yonkers Public Schools, advancing to the position of assistant principal and later principal of Roosevelt High School, where he led for seven years. A respected and beloved educator, Dr. Yazurlo was named Yonkers Public Schools Administrator of the Year in 1991.
Dr. President Sayegh invited Dr. Yazurlo to the head of the u-shaped conference room configuration set-up, stepping aside to afford Yarzulo his seat at the head of the dais; a most gracious and eloquent gesture of respect.
Dr. Yazurlo pledged his commitment to the District’s students, staff and families. “I would like to thank the Board for their support in selecting me for this extremely important position. I am truly excited about the opportunity to provide the children of Yonkers with the best educational experiences possible; and I’m thrilled to be home.”