Board of Education seeks
community input on superintendent search
N.Y. (January 17, 2012) -- The City School District of Albany Board of
Education is inviting all community members to participate in the search
for the district’s next superintendent through public forums and a
survey designed to understand what the community is looking for in its
next school leader.
The survey will available
online through the end of February
and also will be distributed throughout the community. The board also
will host six public forums in late January and early February to
provide an opportunity for community members to have their voices heard
The dates, locations and times of the
public forums are:
Jan. 23 – Giffen Memorial
Elementary School, 274 S. Pearl St.
Tuesday, Jan. 31 – North Albany
Academy, 570 N. Pearl St.
Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Two sessions at
Albany High School, 700 Washington Ave.:
Thursday, Feb. 9 – Two sessions (both
with a Spanish interpreter available):
Sheridan Preparatory Academy,
400 Sheridan Ave.
William S. Hackett Middle
School, 45 Delaware Ave.
All Albany parents, residents, staff and
students are invited to participate in these meetings, which will
include small- and large-group discussion.
We invite you to visit
the Superintendent Search section of this site for complete information
Capital Region BOCES is working with the
board to assist in the search for a successor to Superintendent Raymond
Colucciello, Ed.D. BOCES District Superintendent Charles S. Dedrick,
Ed.D., has assembled a team led by consultant Kevin S. Baughman, Ph.D.,
a retired area superintendent. The team will work with the board to
ensure that the search process is inclusive and open to all community
The public forums and
designed to collect input from the community on the kind of
superintendent who would best meet the district’s needs and on the
issues most pressing to the district. Once feedback is collected through
the public forums and
survey responses in January and February, the
board will make all responses publicly available in the Superintendent
Search section of this site. The board will use the data to guide its
search, which will include national advertising that will be conducted
in March and April.
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
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
three 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, including a budget that resulted in a decrease in school taxes
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