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Board moves forward with superintendent search

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 4, 2016) -- The City School District of Albany Board of Education voted Nov. 3 to hire a firm to assist the district in a national search for its next permanent superintendent.

 

The board selected the Western New York Educational Service Council after interviewing three finalists last month. Board Secretary Anne Savage will be the board’s point person for the search. The next step in the search process will be developing a timeline and process that will include significant opportunity for community participation, Savage said.

 

Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., said she has not yet decided if she will be a candidate. Dr. Wilkins said the board has made the right decision for the district and community by moving ahead with a search. Her current contract runs through August 2017.

 

“Our board has done a thoughtful and thorough job arriving at this point in the process,” Dr. Wilkins said. “We owe it to our community to conduct an open search that includes multiple opportunities for public input and feedback. The board’s efforts will ensure that.

 

“I am in full support of this process and the transparent, inclusive direction in which the board is moving with this critical decision.”

 

She added that she will make a decision about applying for the permanent position in the coming weeks after discussions with her family, and after having an opportunity to learn more about the search process.

 

“As I have been throughout my career in the City School District of Albany, I am honored to have the privilege to continue to serve the 9,600 students who attend our public schools,” Dr. Wilkins said. “We have an excellent team, and I believe we are making strong progress on many significant challenges facing our students, our families and our community.

 

“No matter what decision I come to regarding next steps, I assure you that I am looking forward to continuing our progress throughout the 2017-18 school year.”

 

Board President Kenneth M. Bruce and Vice President Sue Adler praised Dr. Wilkins for her leadership since taking over on an interim basis in January.

 

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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