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Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D., begins tenure

as interim superintendent

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 10, 2009) -- Promising to maintain the City School District of Albany's focus on keeping students first, Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D., is the district's new interim superintendent following the July 10 retirement of Eva C. Joseph, Ed.D.

 

Dr. Colucciello served as Schenectady's superintendent from 1993-2001 and has held interim superintendent positions in several area districts since then, including Troy, Ballston Spa and Voorheesville. He brings more than four decades of experience to Albany as the Board of Education leads a national search for Dr. Joseph's permanent successor. The board has appointed Dr. Colucciello through Dec. 31.

 

"Let me assure you that as the City School District of Albany’s interim superintendent, I will focus on two main objectives that will seem very familiar to you: making sure that we keep our students first, and relying on the experiences of the strong leadership team already in place as we work together with the community to continue the district’s progress," Dr. Colucciello said.

 

You can read a welcome message from Dr. Colucciello and a farewell from Dr. Joseph in our District News section.

 

Dr. Joseph retired July 10 following 32 years in public education, including the last 12 in Albany. She spent the last five years as superintendent, leading the district through the majority of its facilities project for elementary and middle schools and spearheading a variety of programs that have helped raise student achievement district-wide. She begins Aug. 3 as the new leader of the Academy of the Holy Names in Albany.

 

Every elementary and middle school in the district met its state benchmarks in math and English language arts for the first time during the 2008-09 school year.

 

Click here to read more about Dr. Joseph's retirement announcement in March.

 

Dr. Colucciello returns to Albany, where he served for a brief time as interim principal at Public School 18 (now Delaware Community School) in 2002. He was Schenectady's superintendent for eight years, and later spent three years (2005-08) as interim superintendent and superintendent in Ballston Spa. He served a one-year term as interim superintendent in Voorheesville during the 2008-09 school year.

 

He also has served as interim superintendent in Troy and Schoharie this decade.

 

"I have seen and been part of many changes in education during my more than four decades as an educator," he said. "What has remained constant is our mission – to provide the best resources and support available to help our students succeed in school and in life.

 

"It is my great pleasure to have an opportunity to serve the City School District of Albany. I look forward to meeting and working with you so that together we can continue building a bright future for the city’s children. My door is always open."

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves approximately 8,400 students in 16 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students.

 

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