Superintendent resigns, board appoints new acting superintendent
N.Y. (Jan. 21, 2016) -- City School District of Albany Superintendent
Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., has agreed to resign effective June
30, Board of Education President Kenneth M. Bruce announced Jan. 21. Dr.
Vanden Wyngaard and the board also have agreed that she will take paid
leave from Jan. 22 through June 30.
The board and Dr.
Vanden Wyngaard are working toward a smooth transition. Both parties
believe this is in the best interest of the district’s 9,500 students.
The board appreciates Dr. Vanden Wyngaard’s willingness to work with the
board on this important transition.
is with regret that the board acknowledges that this step is in the best
interest of all of our 9,500 students, their families and our entire
community," Bruce said. "We would like to thank Dr. V for her commitment
to our school district for the past 3½ years. There are some initiatives
that she has put in place that we will continue because we believe they
are making a difference in the critical work that remains.
"However, the board and the superintendent have come to a point where we
no longer can overcome our philosophical differences about how best to
implement the change our district urgently needs."
to read Bruce's full message.
The board has
appointed Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., as the district’s acting
superintendent. An Albany native, Dr. Wilkins has served as principal at
Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School since 2005. She has been
employed by the district since 1994, serving as an administrator since
Dr. Wilkins has
agreed to the board’s request to take this temporary assignment to
continue the important process of educating the students in the
district. The board appreciates her willingness to accept this task.
The board has
begun a process of review and consideration that will lead to the
appointment of an interim superintendent. The board also will be moving
quickly to conduct a national search for a new permanent superintendent,
and will seek community input and involvement in this critical process.
"Dr. Wilkins is our longest-tenured principal and a respected leader
both in our school district and throughout our community," Bruce said.
"She is an Albany native and deeply understands the needs of our
students and our city.
Wyngaard has served as Albany’s superintendent since September 2012.
to read a message from Dr. V regarding her resignation.
Dr. Wilkins announced that Michael Panetta will serve
as acting principal of Myers Middle School.
Panetta will fill the
vacancy created by Dr. Wilkins' appointment as acting superintendent.
Panetta has been
employed by the district since 1997, primarily serving as a school
counselor at Albany High School until he was appointed assistant
principal there in 2010. Most recently, he served as Albany High’s house
principal of operations.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
more than 9,500
students in 17
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