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Getto to return to lead Albany High in 2017-18

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 17, 2017) -- Dale Getto will continue for a third year as principal at Albany High School in 2017-18, providing consistent veteran leadership as the school continues its work to meet the state’s receivership requirements.

 

In her 30th year working in the City School District of Albany, Getto has led Albany High for the past two school years and has been an administrator there since 2010.

 

“This is an important time for Albany High School in our ongoing efforts to get off the state’s receivership list and to continue to increase the success rates for all of our students,” said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D. “We are grateful to Ms. Getto for agreeing to stay to lead that critical work for another year.”

 

Getto (pictured at right at Albany High's 2016 graduation) had planned to retire at the end of the current school year. She agreed to postpone her retirement for one year to allow the district to conduct a thorough search for Albany High’s next principal, and to provide a smooth leadership transition.

 

As an additional responsibility in 2017-18, Getto also will take on leadership of the district’s alternative-education programs for students in grades 7-12.

 

“Our work at Albany High School is so important and so rewarding, I am honored to have this opportunity to lead our exceptional team of educators and staff for another year,” Getto said. “We are looking forward to continuing to build on the gains we have made in recent years.”

 

Getto served as Albany High’s school improvement manager for four years and then as principal at Albany High’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center in 2014-15 before taking over in her current role.

 

In every role, she has been an integral part of an Albany High team that has worked to increase the school’s four-year graduation rate from 50 percent for the Class of 2010 to 62 percent for the Class of 2016.

 

Albany High met the majority of its state-mandated goals in the first year of receivership in 2015-16 and is striving toward completion of a second consecutive successful year under those requirements. If the 2,500-student school does not meet its receivership goals it could be at risk for a state takeover.

 

Prior to joining the administrative team at Albany High, Getto served as principal at North Albany Academy, the district’s only prekindergarten-grade 8 school, from 2005-10.

 

She also served as an administrator at William S. Hackett Middle School and Abrookin for four years, as the first district-wide behavior specialist from 1997-2001 and as a special education teacher for 10 years at Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Albany School of Humanities (ASH).

 

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 9,600 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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