Yonkers School Superintendent Pierorazio Retiring In 30 Days

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YONKERS, N.Y. - Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio will retire from his position as the head of the Yonkers Public Schools, effective in 30 days, Mayor Mike Spano announced Friday.

“I want to thank the Superintendent for his years of service to the city as well as his dedication and commitment to Yonkers’ 26,000 students,” Spano said in a statement. “We wish him well in all his future endeavors.”

Spano said he and City Council President Liam McLaughlin will use this change in leadership to call upon New York State to pass legislation to enact mayoral control of the Board of Education in Yonkers.

“It has recently come to my attention that the Board of Education is operating with a budget deficit that could be up to $55 million, the direct result of improperly accounted-for State Aid over the past two years. The City has repeatedly, without success, asked the Board of Education to open their books and work collaboratively with us, but they have not done so," Spano said. "We believe this deficit is a direct result of the City not having direct oversight of their budget.”

“Under current state law, the Board of Education operates completely independent of City Hall, with no real transparency or accountability to parents and taxpayers. The current system does not work and it’s time for a change,” said Mayor Spano.

“The Board of Education has been operating as a separate entity for too long and it just doesn't work,” McLaughlin said. “This incident highlights the lack of mayoral control and council input into education in our city. I stand with the Mayor in calling for passage of this legislation.”

Spano said that at this time he anticipates that the shortfall will not affect the classroom, and the City can utilize its own surplus funds in the short term to ensure adequate cash flow.

Pierorazio was appointed Superintendent of the Yonkers Public Schools by the Board of Education in 2005.

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Activist Bill:

If Mayor Spano is allowed to take control of the schools, the people of Yonkers can expect the educational system to deteriorate rapidly, just as it's done in Mount Vernon with Mayor Davis sticking his fingers into it.

Pamela4everblessedToone:

Sorry to hear this! I thought he was a good principle and an excellent Superintendent! Good luck Mr. Pierorazio!!

blackjack1024:

It is a sad day for the Yonkers School system. Mr. Pierorazio is and will be the BEST superintendent that this county will ever see. He will TRULY be missed. Good luck on your retirement :))))))))

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