Yonkers Board of Education Trustees Special Meeting of Wednesday, February 19, 2014: Pierorazio Resigns; Yazurlo Named Interim Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent By HEZI ARIS

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Sayegh_DrNader Yazurlo_Dr. MichaelYONKERS, 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. Yazurlo received a Bachelor of Science from New York Institute of Technology and both a Master of Science and Doctor of Education from Fordham University.”

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.”

eHeziYonkers Board of Education Trustees Special Meeting of Wednesday, February 19, 2014: Pierorazio Resigns; Yazurlo Named Interim Yonkers Public Schools Superintendent By HEZI ARIS

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  1. I went to Elementary School with Yazurlo’s youngest son Michael Yazurlo
    in Public School 22 in Yonkers. He started there in the 3rd grade and we were
    in the same class for a few years after that and until we graduated from the 6th grade
    in 1994. I will not reveal my real identity but I will say that the two of us did not get along
    very well together. What I will say about him though is that he was a snot ball towards me
    and when I told him that I would go to Saunders Trades and Technical High School,
    one of the 4 high schools in Yonkers at that time, he went off on a temper tantrum
    on me and told me that Roosevelt High School was THEE best high school in the city
    because his father was the Principal there. Not true though. Any way I would like to apologize
    to young Michael Yazurlo for not thanking him for inviting me to his birthday party
    at his wonderful residence in Yonkers, New York. I wasn’t feeling well that day
    and I departed his party very abruptly with out saying anything to anybody
    and I’m not hoping to meet him again but I hope he finds this post someday.

  2. cant wait till he starts campaigning, he thinks by buying off democrats and republicans with jobs will help him out later??? he is taking care of the ones that never supported him and hated him, and the ones that are loyal and supported him are getting screwed over so no matter what he will have a hard time winning, here is my prediction
    Democrat primary 100% possible just to name a few are Mayer,Lesnick,and they will win!
    Republican challenge 100% Justin is not going to give spano a free ride few names circulating cant predict yet
    Heard the Ind party has re-org this year so I don’t know if he gets that support.
    so mike keep fucking over your loyalist the guys that are with you from day 1 and and reward the ones that mother fuck you and worked against you,see you soon on the campaign trail…………

  3. What a phony dog and pony show! If the average Yonkers Joe or Jane were to know the motivation of this whole YBOE “crisis” there would be a taxpayer revolt. Isn’t it interesting that we have not heard so much as a Peep from Bernie? No defense; no explanation; no goodbye to his 40 year fellow YBOE employees? Kinda makes you wonder about the snake slithering underside of all this “respect” and genuflecting. The Spano noose around our necks gets tighter by the day, as they enrich themselves on our dime. This kind of corrupt politics would make Huey Long proud.

  4. Here’s what we need to know…
    How much was piorazzio paid ?
    Did he get paid to the end of his contract ?
    What discussions where had between Spano and Piorassio?
    The rest is just theatre and politics.
    The real question is, will any of this improve grades and education standards?

  5. This is such a ploy and sorry again to our kids in Yonkers school unlike Mayor Spano who can pay to send his kids to private school. what does that say about his view of our schools.

  6. I would like to thank Dr. Nader Sayegh, Esq. and the Board of Education for conducting themselves in such a professional manner. The transition was done with elequence and profesionalism.
    I wish Dr. Michael Yazurlo much success as the new educational leader of Yonkers and thank Mr. Pierorazio for his 40 years of service at the Yonkers Board of Education.
    Fernando Fuentes
    Trustee, Yonkers Board of Education
    Former, Yonkers City Council Member

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