State funds to be restored
at Albany High, Hackett Middle School
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 22, 2012) – The City
School District of Albany learned Feb. 22 that the state will restore
its $3.3 million School Improvement Grant for Albany High School and
William S. Hackett Middle School, giving back much-needed funding to
help with the efforts to raise achievement for all students at those
State Education Department Comissioner John B. King
Jr. informed the district that it was one of five to have its SIG
funding restored. King suspended SIG
funding for 10 districts statewide Jan. 3 because none of the plans
had a framework for teacher and principal evaluations that met state
standards. Albany, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Schenectady and Syracuse
will have their SIG funding restored after working with the state to
address SED's questions about their plans for Annual Professional
Performance Review (APPR), King said.
Click here to read SED's Feb. 22
Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D.,
credited the district's APPR team, including Cathy Corbo and Kim Wilkins, presidents of the district’s
unions for teachers and administrators, respectively, for its leadership
and teamwork throughout the SIG process.
"This was a team effort on behalf of our 8,700 students," Dr.
Colucciello said. "We are very pleased to be able to return to the full
plan we had developed to help all of our students at Albany High and
Hackett Middle School."
The district’s SIG grant covers about 14 positions at
Albany High and Hackett. It also allowed the district to put in place
new academic programs and sustain others that provide extra support for
students and offer more professional development for teachers, and to
buy additional computers to enhance teaching and learning.
All positions covered by the SIG grant remained in
place while the funding issue was being resolved. Most academic programs already underway
as part of the SIG plans at Albany High and Hackett also were continued.
The district spent $80,000-$100,000 on SIG-related staff and programs
during the suspension and expects to have that funding restored in
addition to the continuation of funding for the rest of the school year.
The Feb. 22 announcement now will allo
district to move ahead with parts of the SIG plan that had been put on
hold, including an after-school enrichment program and the purchase of
new computers at Hackett, and Saturday academies for Albany High
students, which had been put on hold while the SIG questions were
"This will alllow us to reinstate the services to students that
were very difficult for us to take away," Dr. Colucciello said. "The
district stood up and said we'll cover most of the initiatives we
already had put in place, but we also had to put some things on hold
that we believe will have a positive impact on student achievement. We
are glad to have this opportunity to restore those services immediately
at Albany High and Hackett."
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 nearly 8,700
students in 15
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, including
four themed academies at Albany High School.