Spano Appoints Two Trustees To Yonkers School Board

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Curtis Kendrick and Pasquale Mondesando are the newest appointees to the Yonkers Board of Education.
Curtis Kendrick and Pasquale Mondesando are the newest appointees to the Yonkers Board of Education. Photo Credit: File

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Mayor Mike Spano named Curtis Kendrick and Pasquale Mondesando as his newest appointments to the Yonkers Board of Education in a statement on Wednesday.

As trustees, Kendrick and Mondesando will join seven other members of the Board, which is the official policy making body of the School District. The new trustee appointments come after the Board of Education recently was left with two vacancies. Their five year terms are effective immediately.

“As we work toward providing our students with the best education possible, I am proud to appoint two new members to the Board of Education with diverse experience, who know firsthand the needs and concerns within the District and who are qualified to support our Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Michael Yazurlo in his goals for our students,” Spano said in the statement. “Curtis and Pat are committed in addressing the budgetary issues facing the District and the educational needs of our students. I believe their vast knowledge in education and business will be a highly-valued addition to the Board.”

Curtis Kendrick is a 30-year higher education administrator veteran. A Yonkers resident, Kendrick currently is the University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources for the City University of New York, the largest public urban university in the nation. Previously, Kendrick held library management positions at Columbia University, Harvard University, SUNY Stony Brook and Oberlin College. Kendrick also is an active member of the Yonkers community, serving on the Yonkers Library Board of Trustees as its Vice President and also serves on the Yonkers Partners in Education board. Kendrick holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brown University, a Masters in Business Administration from Emory University and Masters of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons Graduate School.

Longtime Yonkers resident Pasquale Mondesando joins the Board of Education as a local successful businessperson. Mondesando currently serves as president and founder of Rose Press Inc., where he serves regional printing needs. Previously, Mondesando worked as an engineer for Lockheed Martin, McDonnell Douglas and Avco Lycoming. He also is a founder of the Park Hill Boys Club and active fundraiser for St. Ann’s School in Yonkers. Mondesando holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Louis University’s Parks College in Illinois.

Kendrick and Mondesando are replacing two outgoing trustees, Trevor Bennett and Christine Balko, whose terms ended earlier this month.

“I also want to extend my gratitude to Trevor and Christine for their years of service to the Board of Education who served our City and our students with loyalty, professionalism and distinction,” Spano added in the statement.

The Board of Education’s newest trustees will attend tonight’s Public Hearing on the 2014-2015 Proposed Budget at 5:30PM.

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