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Superintendent resigns, board appoints new acting superintendent

ALBANY, 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.

 

"It 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 3 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."

 

Click here 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 1997.

 

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."

 

Dr. Vanden Wyngaard has served as Albany’s superintendent since September 2012. Click here to read a message from Dr. V regarding her resignation.

  

On Jan. 22, 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 School.

         
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