At the 2011 State Superintendent of the Year Forum, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan conducts a personal dialogue with the country’s top superintendents to candidly discuss the leaders’ educational issues and concerns. Joining the diverse mix of rural, urban and suburban district leaders in Washington D.C. for the three-day event is New York’s award recipient Bernard P. Pierorazio, Superintendent of the Yonkers Public Schools.
The American Association of School Administrators invited superintendent of the year award winners from across the country to participate in the conference, allowing them to share best practices and speak about innovative strategies needed to move students forward. The Forum, which runs October 2 – 4, welcomes Secretary Duncan during the morning session on Tuesday, October 4.
Superintendent Pierorazio was honored as the 2011 New York State Superintendent of the Year by the New York State Council of School Superintendents. Dr. William Johnson, the Council’s Distinguished Service Chair and Superintendent of Rockville Centre Schools, said, “Bernard Pierorazio was chosen…by his colleagues because he provides a model of leadership in this time of reform that exemplifies what we as an association believe is the mission of our profession.” Prior to becoming superintendent, Mr. Pierorazio served as Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Principal of Saunders Trades and Technical High School, which, under his leadership, became a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence as well as a New American High School. Formerly a dean of students and classroom teacher, he holds degrees in History, Special Education, and Administration and Supervision.
“All eyes are on us now to see how we manage the severe budgetary cuts imposed while we attempt not to decimate our schools,” said Superintendent Pierorazio during his February Superintendent of the Year address in Albany. “We must deal with these serious issues with fewer resources while preparing those aspiring administrators to be future leaders and maintain high standards for both teachers and students in our districts. The initiatives are limitless yet we are compelled to find immediate resolutions with less.”