Board moves forward with superintendent search
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