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Board of Education seeks

community input on superintendent search

ALBANY, 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 in person.

 

The dates, locations and times of the public forums are:

  • Monday, Jan. 23 – Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 S. Pearl St.

    • 4-5:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31 – North Albany Academy, 570 N. Pearl St.

    • 8:30-10 a.m.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Two sessions at Albany High School, 700 Washington Ave.:

    • 3:30-5 p.m.

    • 7-8:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, Feb. 9 – Two sessions (both with a Spanish interpreter available):

    • Sheridan Preparatory Academy, 400 Sheridan Ave.

      • 3-4:30 p.m.

    • William S. Hackett Middle School, 45 Delaware Ave.

      • 7-8:30 p.m.

 

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 and updates.

 

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 members.

 

The public forums and survey are 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.

 

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 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 for 2011-12.

 

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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