Mayor Spano Presents Palisade Preparatory School with School of the Month Award for December 2015
YONKERS, NY – January 21, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano joined members of Yonkers City Council, Yonkers Board of Trustees President Dr. Nader Sayegh, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada, Assistant Superintendent Christine Montero, Commissioner Charles Gardner and members of Yonkers Police Department at Palisade Preparatory School today to present the School of the Month Award for December 2015 to the deserving administration, faculty, staff, parents and students at the school. Mayor Spano recognized the school’s Public Safety Academy, which gives young men and women interested in law enforcement, fire services and emergency management the opportunity to advance their careers at an early age.
“I’m so proud of the work being done at Palisade Prep to provide our young people with opportunities to engage with our First Responders and hopefully seek a similar career path in the future,” said Mayor Spano. “Who better to serve and protect our community than some of our very own?”
The Public Safety Academy, a program that launched earlier this year, is designed for young men and women with an interest in one of three careers: Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS and Emergency Management. By enrolling in the program, students have the opportunity to take elective courses that pertain to those careers.
The EMS course, offered in partnership with Westchester Community College, allows high school seniors over the age of 18 who have completed the course the opportunity to take the test to become a licensed EMT.
Palisade Preparatory plans to roll out additional elective courses in Spring and Fall 2016.
“I want to commend Palisade Preparatory School on their continued efforts to align themselves with our City’s First Responders and create programming that offers students the opportunity to advance their future careers. The work being done at Palisade Prep is not only an investment in the students, it’s an investment in the future of our City,” said Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools Dr. Edwin Quezada.
“On behalf of the Board of Education trustees and the administration I would like to congratulate Palisade Preparatory School Principal Dr. Michelle Yazurlo and the entire staff on this well-deserved honor and the work they have done developing the District’s first public safety career pathway program,” said Board of Education President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh. “This school is a shining example of how important our work is with the Yonkers Police Department, not only at this school but in all our schools. I commend Commissioner Gardner and his team. Working together as a community we achieve greater results.”
“We have a special relationship with Palisade Preparatory School because of the Public Safety curriculum which is available for their students. One day we hope to see many of these students amongst our ranks and serving in public safety agencies throughout our region. The Yonkers Police Department congratulates Palisades Preparatory School on today’s much deserved honor and we look forward to working with students and staff at this school in the future,” said Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.
Mayor Spano’s School of the Month recognition program began in January 2014 as a way to celebrate the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers’ students, teachers, administration and staff at Yonkers Public Schools.