NEW HAVEN — Dr. OrLando Yarborough III and Abie Quiñones-Benítez have been nominated for recently-vacated seats on the Board of Schooling, Mayor Justin Elicker introduced Wednesday.

Elicker mentioned he was “wanting ahead to serving with Dr. Yarborough and Dr. Quiñones-Benítez” in an electronic mail, noting their appointments have been topic to approval from the Board of Alders, and expressed his perception that the 2 will “deliver a singular perspective with them that can serve the board effectively.”

Yarborough is scientist by coaching, and chairman of the board of the Mates Heart for Kids, Elicker mentioned within the announcement, and has information of early childhood schooling and STEM schooling.


Elicker mentioned Quiñones-Benítez makes a speciality of growing English as a Second Language curriculum and “has an extended historical past of service to New Haven Public Faculties,” Elicker mentioned.

Superintendent of Faculties Iline Tracey additionally praised the nominations, saying she appeared ahead to “working with these new Board members as we work to advance the imaginative and prescient and mission of New Haven Public Faculties,” which have a core worth of collaboration.

Each Yarborough and Quiñones-Benítez expressed their gratitude and pleasure on the likelihood to tackle the potential alternative.

“I’m honored and excited concerning the alternative to serve on the New Haven Board of Schooling,” mentioned Quiñones-Benítez. “As a pupil assistant within the then Truthful Haven Center Faculty I noticed the wants and expertise of all of our college students, I pursued certification and made a dedication to this metropolis. I started my skilled profession in schooling at New Haven Grownup Schooling and had the the privilege of serving as a college counselor, an tutorial coach, an assistant principal and principal on this district serving college students PreK-12. I’ve seen firsthand not simply the challenges our college students face, but additionally the alternatives out there to them. I do know our colleges have what it takes to assist our youngsters be taught, develop, and thrive — I’m excited to do my half to make that occur.”

“As a frontrunner and coach, I’ve spent most of my life investing within the success of individuals,” mentioned Yarborough. As a father and Board Chair at Mates Heart for Kids the success of those children is private to me. I’m grateful for this appointment and looking out ahead to serving to every little one in New Haven maximize their potential.”

Yarborough and Quiñones-Benítez will assume the positions beforehand held by Dr. Tamiko Jackson-McArthur and Larry Conaway, Elicker famous.