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Board picks New Jersey educator

to be the district's next superintendent

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 24, 2012) -- The City School District of Albany Board of Education has selected Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., as its choice to become the district’s next superintendent. The board voted July 24 to ask the New York State Department of Education to grant Dr. Vanden Wyngaard a School District Leader certificate that would allow her to serve in that capacity.

 

“Dr. Vanden Wyngaard has the experience, drive and commitment to be an outstanding superintendent for our school district and a strong leader in our community,” said board President Dan Egan. “She was enthusiastically received by the community groups that interviewed our six semifinalists in June. Her strengths closely match our needs, and the board concluded that she would be an excellent fit for our city. ”

 

Dr. Vanden Wyngaard is deputy superintendent in the Paterson (N.J.) Public Schools. Although she currently does not hold a School District Leader certificate in New York state, she 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 State University.

 

State education law allows Commissioner John B. King Jr., Ed.D., to grant a School District Leader certificate to exceptionally qualified candidates who do not meet certain educational and training requirements in New York state. In those cases, the law allows the commissioner to grant a certificate to those “whose exceptional training and experience are the substantial equivalent of such requirements and qualify such persons for the duties of a superintendent of schools.”

 

The board strongly believes Dr. Vanden Wyngaard meets those standards, Egan said.

 

A decision from State Ed regarding Dr. Vanden Wyngaard’s certification could take 3-6 weeks. Current Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D., is under contract with the district through October.

 

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 8,600 students and 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 selected Dr. Vanden Wyngaard from an original candidate pool of 27 candidates after a national search in March and April. The board narrowed the field to 10 candidates for initial interviews in May, and then to six semifinalists for meetings with three teams of community members in June.

 

Following the input of the community groups, the board selected Dr. Vanden Wyngaard as one of three finalists. The board conducted final interviews with those candidates July 12-14.

 

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 School.

         
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