Twenty Retire from Yorktown Schools; Milestones Also Celebrated

Outgoing Superintendent Dr. Ralph Napolitano addresses the school community for one of the last times. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
Some of the 2017 retirees pose for a group photo before the June 19 meeting. Credits: Barbara Nackman
Deborah Santavicca, clerical staff member at Yorktown Central School District, is honored for 20 years of service. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
Katherine Young, teacher at Mohansic Elementary School, is honored for 20 years of service. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
Students from Crompond Elementary School speak on behalf of retiring teaching assistant Lynn Sarro. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik
A Yorktown High School student hugs Victoria Sullivan, retiring school nurse at Yorktown High School. Credits: Gabrielle Bilik

YORKTOWN,  N.Y. – Twenty retirees and 21 anniversaries were celebrated last month at the final Yorktown Central School District Board of Education meeting of the 2016-17 school year.

Dr. Ralph Napolitano, superintendent of schools, and Fio Nardone, athletic director, were among the retirees. A temporary plaque bearing Napolitano’s name was unveiled outside of the Yorktown High School auditorium, which has been renamed for him. In total, the retirees will bring 425 cumulative years of service with them as they leave the Yorktown Central School District community.

Students and colleagues took turns sharing what they learned from the retirees, happy memories, and what they will miss most. Singers from Yorktown High School performed Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” and a special mash-up acapella version of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” and Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water,” at the request of Napolitano.

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Napolitano led the ceremony and read a poem called, “Whose list are you on,” which was about saying goodbye to people who leave an impression.

“I know that the people who are being honored here this evening upon their retirement reflect the values, the qualities and the characteristics of being, ‘on the list,’” he said.

Yorktown Central School District’s 2017 retirees

  • Donna Baratta, library media specialist, Mildred E. Strang Middle School
  • Josephine Bianco, CTA, Mohansic Elementary School
  • Julia Brotko, teacher, Brookside Elementary School
  • Felicita DaSilva, cleaner, Yorktown High School
  • Vita DiRosa, CTA, Brookside Elementary
  • Robert Ellis, teacher, Crompond Elementary School
  • Carol Fabrizio, CTA, Mildred E. Strang Middle School
  • Elaine Goodwin, school nurse, Crompond Elementary School
  • Mary Hayes, CTA,  Mohansic Elementary School
  • Denise Jarvie, TA, Mildred E. Strange Middle School
  • Carmela Lobrutto, CTA, Brookside Elementary School
  • Richard Male, custodian, Crompond Elementary School
  • Matthew James, mechanic, operations and maintenance
  • Patricia Miller, teacher, Mohansic Elementary School
  • Ralph Napolitano, superintendent of schools,
  • Fio Nardone, athletic director,
  • Lynn C Sarro, TA, Crompond Elementary School
  • Peter Scagnelli, head custodian, Mildred E. Strang Middle School
  • Darlene Sclavounos, office assistant, Mildred E. Strang Middle School
  • Victoria Sullivan, school nurse, Yorktown High School
  • Sharon Wenderoth, CTA, Brookside Elementary School

Yorktown Central School District’s 2017 Anniversaries

Celebrating 40 years

  • Virginia Milano, TA, Crompond Elementary School
  • Reinout Hunninger, CTA, Yorktown High School

Celebrating 35 years

  • Thomas Morrissey, head custodian, Mohansic Elementary

Celebrating 30 years

  • Patricia Hetzer, TA, Yorktown High School

Celebrating 25 years

  • Mai H. Jacobs, teacher, Crompond Elementary School
  • Fern Michel, teacher, Mildred E. Strang Middle School
  • Sharon Wenderoth, CTA, Brookside Elementary School

Celebrating 20 years

  • Angela Capogna, CTA, Mohansic Elementary School
  • Ellen Conn, CTA, Mohansic Elementary School
  • Antonella Dable, teacher, Mohansic Elementary School
  • Timothy Dwan, teacher, Mohansic Elementary School
  • Michael Goetz, teacher, Crompond Elementary School/ Mildred E. Strang Middle School
  • Patrice Hatjygeorge, director of technology, Yorktown Central School District
  • Sharon Longyear, CTA, Crompond Elementary School
  • Deborah, Santavicca, clerical, Yorktown Central School District
  • Lisa Santosusso, teacher, Brookside Elementary School
  • Peter Scagnelli, custodian, Mildred E. Strang Middle School
  • Isabelle Scherpf, CTA, Brookside Elementary school
  • Susan Serio, CTA, Crompond Elementary School
  • Michelle Snyder-Silverman, guidance counselor, Yorktown High School
  • Katherine Young, teacher, Mohansic Elementary School

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