Board extends superintendent through 2023-24
N.Y. (June 21, 2019) -- The City
School District of Albany Board of Education has extended the contract
of second-year Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams through the 2023-24
school year, rewarding the strong leadership she has delivered with the
longest extension that state law allows.
The board approved the
five-year contract at its meeting Thursday night, adding two additional
years to Adams’ current contract.
behalf of the board, I wanted to note that we believe that the
superintendent is doing an exceptional job in leading the district and
are pleased to have extended her contract,” said Board President Anne
“We especially value the way Superintendent Adams and her staff are both
fixing systems that have been broken in this district for far too long,
while at the same time quickly and expertly addressing issues as they
The contract includes 2% annual
salary increases and takes effect July 1. Adams currently earns
$197,000; she will earn $200,950 in 2019-20.
honored for the privilege to serve the students of the City School
District of Albany,” said Adams (pictured
at right at an event Monday with North Albany Academy fifth-grade
student Brianna Campbell).
“Our students deserve to have equitable access and opportunities through
learning experiences that help them reach their highest potential.
am grateful to our Board of Education for its leadership, and for
providing me with this opportunity to continue our collective work on
behalf of our students in partnership with our dedicated faculty, staff
and administrators, as well as our families and our entire community."
native of Shreveport, La., Adams came to Albany in 2017 after 28 years
in the Clark County, Nev., school district, which includes Las Vegas. It
is the fifth-largest school district in the United States.
her leadership, Albany is focused on
five primary goals:
Increasing student achievement;
Enhancing the delivery of quality instruction;
Building leadership capacity and increasing accountability;
Empowering families; and
Partnering with the city’s diverse community.
During her second year in 2018-19, Adams has sought to engage all
stakeholders in supporting the district’s 9,300 students with her
popular catch phrase “All in for Albany!”
message, intended both to heal and empower a district and a community
that have long been fractured over the best strategies to improve
academic outcomes for all students, has served as a welcoming call to
action for many in Albany.
signs of progress early in her tenure include:
continued increase in Albany High School’s graduation rate to 68%
for the Class of 2018, the school’s highest rate
since the state started measuring graduation under its current
methodology in 2005;
Nine Schools in Good Standing this year, up from four a year ago;
The district’s first Equity in Education Policy, which the board
adopted in January;
Expanded professional development opportunities for all staff;
district-wide focus on culturally responsive teaching and learning;
An increased emphasis on social-emotional supports for students,
including trauma-informed care and restorative justice;
Increased opportunities for parent engagement at the school and
Revitalized relationships with community partners; and
Recently settled multi-year contracts with the district’s three
“We look forward to working together for many years and we are fully
confident that under Superintendent Adams's leadership, Albany will
achieve our vision of being a district of excellence with caring
relationships, engaging learning experiences and equitable opportunities
for each and every student,” Savage said.
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
students in 18
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