YONKERS, N.Y. -- Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is calling for a national search for the next superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools.
Spano is asking the Yonkers Board of Education Trustees to conduct a nationwide search for a permanent Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools, "while supporting interim Superintendent Michael Yazurlo for consideration in the selection process," according to a release from the city.
“As the fourth largest school district in New York State it is important that the Board of Education provide every opportunity for the nation’s best and brightest to lead a new direction for quality education in our schools. Our students deserve no less,” said Spano.
The search follows the departure of former Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio who "retired in the wake of revealing a $55 million overstatement of funds over two years," according to the release.
Spano said interim superintendent Michael Yazurlo "should be considered, however not until a comprehensive search had been conducted," according to the release.
“As Yonkers Public Schools transition toward new leadership, Interim Superintendent Yazurlo has performed admirably during this difficult, yet short period, but a decision on a permanent Superintendent should not be made until a thorough search has been conducted. That’s in the best interest of our students and taxpayers,” said Spano.