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Superintendent search narrows to three

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 27, 2012) -- The City School District of Albany Board of Education has narrowed its search for the next superintendent to three finalists.

 

The candidates were selected from a group of six in a process that began in April with a national search that drew 27 applicants. The finalists, chosen after interviews with board and community representatives, are: 

  • Geoffrey N. Gordon, Ed.D., superintendent of Port Washington Public Schools on Long Island;

  • Tim O. Mains, principal of Helen Barrett Montgomery School No. 50 in Rochester; and

  • Marguerite Alecia Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., deputy superintendent of Paterson Public Schools in Paterson, N.J.

 

The board will interview each finalist the week of July 9 and anticipates making a selection by the end of July.

 

Since 2002, Gordon has been superintendent of the Port Washington district, which serves approximately 5,000 students. He also was superintendent of New Providence Public Schools in New Jersey from 1994-2002. In addition, he has been a principal, vice principal and teacher. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from Rutgers University. Click the highlighted text to see a copy of Gordon's resume.

 

Mains has been principal of the 500-student Helen Barrett Montgomery School since 2002. Before that, he led staff development for the Greece school district and served on the Rochester City Council, and was a school counselor and teacher. He holds master’s degrees from Canisius College and Columbia University, where he currently is a doctoral student. Click the highlighted text to see a copy of Mains' resume.

 

Wyngaard has been deputy superintendent of the 28,000-student Paterson district since 2010. She also was executive director for educational services for Eden Prairie Schools in Minnesota from 2008-2010. In addition, she has been an interim superintendent, assistant superintendent, professor and teacher. She holds a master’s degree from Calvin College and a doctorate from Kent State. Click the highlighted text to see a copy of Wyngaard's resume.

 

“All three candidates come with extremely impressive backgrounds and a have wealth of experience,” said board President Daniel Egan. “Thanks to the input from community stakeholders, we have a group of finalists who would be excellent leaders for our school district and a good fit for our community.”

 

Capital Region BOCES is working with the board to assist in the search for a successor to Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D.  The district held public forums in January and February and also conducted an online survey to gather community input about the characteristics most important in Albany’s next school leader. More than 250 people responded, helping frame the board’s national search process.

 

The board received applications in March and April and the first round of 10 interviews was conducted in late May. Those interviews resulted in six semifinalists, who met with three teams of community stakeholders in mid-June. The three finalists were selected from those meetings.

 

Dr. Colucciello came to the district on an interim basis in July 2009 following the retirement of Superintendent Eva C. Joseph, Ed.D. The board conducted an initial search during the 2009-10 school year and identified Dr. Colucciello as the best candidate to lead the district at that time. Dr. Colucciello has continued for two additional school years; his current one-year contract expires in July.

 

Under his direction the district has continued to focus on its 2008 strategic plan, “A Vision for Tomorrow,” implementing a number of new initiatives aimed at raising achievement for all students.

 

Those accomplishments have included the redesign of Albany High School into four smaller learning communities; the establishment and ongoing work of the Alternative Education Think Tank; the consolidation and closure of five buildings to save taxpayers money; the settlement of historic contracts with the unions representing teachers and staff members; and the passage of three budgets amid the nation’s worst economic crisis in 80 years. That included a budget that resulted in a decrease in school taxes for 2011-12, and a budget for 2012-13 that received 69 percent approval from the community, the highest approval rating since the district’s first school budget vote in 1997.

 

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 about 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.

 

         
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