State Education commissioner certifies board's choice for superintendent
Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard would lead a
contingent of new administrators for 2012-13
ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug. 17, 2012) --
The State Education Department has granted Marguerite
Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., certification to serve as superintendent in the
City School District of Albany, clearing the way for the Board of
Education to finalize contract details with its choice as the district’s
State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr., made
the announcement Aug. 17, finding that Dr. Vanden Wyngaard “has
exceptional training and experience that … qualify her for the duties of
a superintendent of schools” in New York state.
“We are pleased that Commissioner King has granted
certification for Dr. Vanden Wyngaard to serve as a superintendent in
New York state,” said board President Dan Egan. “The board believes Dr.
Vanden Wyngaard will be an exceptional leader for our school district
and community, and we look forward to our final negotiations so that she
can begin her work in Albany as soon as possible.”
Dr. Vanden Wyngaard, currently the deputy
superintendent in the Paterson (N.J.) Public Schools, already is
certified as a superintendent in New Jersey, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
She has been second-in-command in the 28,000-student Paterson district
since 2010 and has been a senior administrator for the previous eight
years. She holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Kent
The board selected Dr. Vanden Wyngaard as its choice
for superintendent in late July following a six-month national search.
She was one of 27 candidates to apply for the position, and selected
from a final group of three candidates.
Dr. Vanden Wyngaard will succeed Raymond Colucciello,
Ed.D., as leader of Albany’s 8,600-student public-school system. Dr.
Colucciello is under contract through October; Dr. Vanden Wyngaard’s
start date will be determined after the board completes negotiations on
her contract and officially appoints her to the new role.
In Paterson, Dr. Vanden Wyngaard is responsible for
day-to-day operations of all facets of the school district, which has an
annual budget of approximately $560 million. In Albany, she would lead a
district with a 2012-13 budget of $207.7 million.
Dr. Vanden Wyngaard would be the second
African-American woman to lead the district; Eleanor Powell Bartlett
served as interim superintendent during the 1996-97 school year.
The board also approved several more new
administrators at its Aug. 16 meeting:
Mark Place, previously the district’s technology
coordinator, has been named chief information officer. He succeeds
Ken Cioffi, who retired in July after 33 years of service to the
Place has served as the district's technology
coordinator since April 2009, when he came to Albany following
seven years in the Brittonkill Central School District outside
of Troy. In Brittonkill, Place taught Earth Science and served
as the district's technology and business program leader, and as
the coordinator of technology. He began his career as a science
teacher in the Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School District
and also taught science in an alternative-education setting for
Otsego-Northern Catskills BOCES. Place holds a bachelor's degree
from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and
a master's in educational administration from the University at
Stanley Harper has been named director of pupil
personnel services. Harper previously supervised Albany High
School’s $7.5 million magnet grant. He succeeds Silvia Ferlazzo, who retired
in July after 40 years of service to the district.
Prior to taking over as Albany High's magnet
grant director in 2010, Harper served as Albany High's house
principal for school improvment and reform durin gthe 2009-10
school year. He came to Albany High as an assistant house
principal in 2008 following three years in the Enlarged City
School District of Troy, where he served as director of Troy
High School's evening program as well as principal for
elementary, middle and high-school summer-school programs.
Harper holds a bachelor's degree from the SUNY College at
Geneseo and a master's in education from The Sage Graduate
School. He currently is a doctoral candidate at The Sage
Jalinda R. Soto has been named principal at Philip
Schuyler Achievement Academy. Previously a highly regarded teacher at the school,
Soto took over as acting principal in March. She succeeds Anthony
Clement, who passed away in May following a battle with cancer.
Soto began her career with the district as a
substitute teacher at Schuyler in 2007. She served as a
special-education teacher at Arbor Hill Elementary School for
the 2007-08 school year, and has been back at Schuyler since
2008-09. She has taught at both the
elementary and middle-school levels, and came to the district
following teaching experience in Troy, North Colonie
(Shaker Junior High) and
two Albany charter schools. She holds a
bachelor's degree as well as a dual master's degree in special
education and literacy from the University at Albany, as well as
school building and school district leader certifications from
The College of St. Rose.
Christopher Pallozzi has been named Leadership
Academy principal at Albany High School. He succeeds
who was appointed Albany High’s interim principal in June.
Pallozzi joins the Albany High team after serving as an
assistant principal at Schenectady High School in 2011-12. He
was director of purchasing at Orange-Ulster BOCES in 2010-11
following seven years as a business teacher at Schenectady High.
He also has served as an adjunct faculty member at the
University at Albany and Schenectady County Community College,
and also taught high school in Oceanside, Calif., in 2002-03.
Pallozzi holds an associate's degree in business marketing from
Hudson Valley Community College, a bachelor's degree from the
SUNY College at Oneonta, a master's degree in educational
technology from National University in San Diego, and school
building leader, school district business leader and school
district leader certificates from SUNY College at New Paltz.
The board also appointed two more principals in July:
Jasmine N. Brown
at Giffen Memorial Elementary School and
C. Fred Engelhardt at Albany
School of Humanities (ASH). Brown and Engelhardt succeed Maxine
Fantroy-Ford, Ed.D., and Rosalyn Wallace, respectively. Dr. Ford and
Wallace retired this summer after a combined 70 years of service to the
The district also is in the final stages of selecting a new human
resources administrator. Assistant Superintendent Linda Jackson-Chalmers
is retiring at the end of August following 38 years of service to the
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 8,600
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