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    (11/9/2009) NEW HAVEN- Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. announced today that he has appointed Ferdinand Risco, Jr. to the New Haven Board of Education. Risco, who is the father of three children who attend Edgewood School and of one child who graduated from Hillhouse High School last year, has lived in New Haven for five years and works as a Field Manager in Labor Relations for the Metro-North Railroad.

    “Ferdinand Risco is joining the board at a pivotal time in the evolution of New Haven Public Schools. Ferdinand represents the many parents in our schools who are actively involved in their children’s’ education and who embrace the importance of parental participation in school success,” said DeStefano. “Parents are key to our success in our school change campaign. As we challenge every parent to be hands-on leaders in their schools and within the district, I look forward to Ferdinand’s service to the board and New Haven Public School families.”

    Risco’s appointment completes the Board with all eight seats now filled. “Ferdinand will be a valuable addition to the board,” said Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo. “I look forward to working with him as we gear up for aggressive change and exponential improvements in all of our City schools. As a parent in our district, he brings an important voice to the table at a time when we’re challenging more parents to step up to the plate and be part of the bright future ahead of our schools.”

    "The opportunity to serve the children of the New Haven Public School System is a great honor for which I thank Mayor DeStefano. Closing the achievement gap is paramount for our children’s success,” said Risco. “As we develop each child, we enhance each school and thereby the district as a whole, ensuring that New Haven provides a knowledgeable workforce and continues on a path of increased economic prosperity. Most importantly, we will have provided an exceptional education to each child along the way. I look forward to the fascinating work that lies ahead.”


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