The strategic planning process has
been underway since
Joseph (center) discusses a component of the
including a series of presentations at
strategic plan during a Nov.
30 session of the Stra-
With the Strategic Planning Team's initial work complete, the
Strategic Planning Team.
provided a report of this first phase
of the strategic planning
process at its meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4 at
Albany High School before voting with no dissenters to approve the
at its Dec. 20 meeting
at North Albany Academy.
Consultants SoarPoint Associates, engaged by the district to facilitate this process, provided guidance on the composition of
Strategic Planning Team and the process itself. The Strategic Planning Team
is comprised of a broad range of representatives from the district and
community, and represents diverse experiences, perspectives, skills and
Click here for a list of team members.
“This is an exciting – and
at the same time challenging – time for the City School District of
Albany as we continue our progress toward success for all students,”
said Superintendent Eva C. Joseph, Ed.D. “Bringing together a collective
team of community stakeholders dedicated to the long-term improvement
and progress of our city’s public schools to develop a strategic vision
that will guide the district to best meet the needs of our students is
With the strategic direction
set and approved, the process now will be turned over to action teams,
again comprised of repsresen- tatives from the district and community.
The teams will work over the next several months to develop a plan for
the district's future.
City of Albany Commissioner
of Youth and Family
Services Faye Andrews (left), Board of Education
The strategic direction was
drafted over the course of three
member Mark Barth, Ph.D.
(center), and Cathy
hour sessions at the Holiday Inn Express in downtown Albany
Corbo, an Albany
middle school teacher and pres-
on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, SoarPoint Associates representatives
ident of the Albany Public
School Teachers Asso-
the team through facilitated decision-making, alternating
ciation, participate in a
and small-group discussions and written exercises. The
of the team's work is the result of
and is considered the initial phase of the
strategic planning process.
The team reviewed relevant reports and materials, analyzed materials and made informed
developed the following strategic plan components:
The City School
District of Albany serves approximately 9,000 students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. The district includes several
magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic
opportunities for students in addition to
neighborhood schools. The
district is more than halfway through
its comprehensive facilities
project to newly build and/or renovate nearly all of its elementary
and middle schools. The ultimate goal of the facilities project is
to provide schools with the resources necessary to help students
succeed in the 21st century.
Albany attorney and public-school parent John
Higgins (center) shares his thoughts on the dis-
trict's future during a large-group discussion Nov.