YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Christine Montero will resign from the Yorktown Central School District Board of Education to avoid any potential conflict with her brother, Dr. Ronald Hattar, who the school board tapped last week to be the district’s new superintendent.
Pending a school board vote, Hattar will take over the position from retiring superintendent, Dr. Ralph Napolitano, on Monday, July 10.
At last night’s school board meeting, Montero announced that she would resign in the “near future” before Hattar’s start date.
“It would be in the best interest of the Yorktown school community, so I will be resigning in the near future, the date to be determined,” Montero said.
Carbone said Montero was not involved in the search process and was not interviewed by the search firm, did not sit in on any interviews, did not sit on a committee, nor did she develop questions for the candidates.
“She totally recused herself,” Carbone said. “She was very professional about it, her brother was very professional about it. I don’t even know if the two of them spoke during this whole process. But we have determined he is the candidate to be the next superintendent of schools. I just wanted to make that announcement publicly.”
Carbone emphasized that Hattar was chosen because of his “outstanding credentials” and because his vision is “closely aligned” with the district’s.
Napolitano thanked Montero for her seven years of service. Her term on the school board would have ended in 2018.
“You’ve been a wonderful addition and we’ve all been very happy to work with you,” Napolitano said.
Montero was appointed to the school board in 2011 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2015. She has lived in Yorktown for more than two decades with her husband, Ray, and two children.
“I have been very fortunate and blessed to work with such a dynamic and professional and incredible team of leaders led by our beloved superintendent of schools, Dr. Napolitano; Mrs. [Lisa] O’Shea, (assistant superintendent for curriculum and Instruction); and Mr. [Tom] Cole, (assistant superintendent for business).
Montero is the assistant superintendent of elementary/middle school instruction and administration in the Yonkers Public Schools.
Additional reporting by Gabrielle Bilik