Yonkers Mayor Spano calls for nationwide superintendent search

Spano is asking the board to spend the money on a nationwide search for a superintendent, despite the fact that it has an experienced interim in Michael Yazurlo. (3/27/14)

YONKERS - Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is asking the Board of Education to consider all of its options to find a new superintendent. 

Spano is asking the board to spend the money on a nationwide search for a superintendent, despite the fact that it has an experienced interim in Michael Yazurlo.

"Dr. Y is doing a great job and certainly is a top-level candidate for us," he said. "But, we won't know until we do that search. That's why I'm encouraging the school board to do that."

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Pat Puleo, head of the teachers union, also says that a national search is necessary.

Yazurlo replaced Bernard Pierorazio, who some parents believe was forced out after an audit discovered a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall.

While parents supported Pierorazio, the Yonkers PTA wants to be part of the national search.

The Board of Education says it's committed to conducting a search for a new superintendent. They'll also be looking at Interim Superintendent Yazurlo as a possible candidate.

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