Board selects Albany native to lead Albany High
ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 4, 2018) -- The City School District of Albany Board
of Education has promoted veteran district educator Jodi M. Commerford
to serve as the principal of Albany High School, her alma mater. The
board approved Commerford’s appointment Thursday night.
An Albany native and a 1993 Albany High graduate,
Commerford (at right in the photo with Superintendent Kaweeda G.
Adams) has served as an administrator at Albany High since 2011. She
has served as the school’s second-in-command for the last two years.
“As I look forward, I believe that my background and
experiences growing up in our city, graduating from this school and
working for the district have provided me with the historical knowledge
and competence not only to challenge myself, but to persevere in the
critical work that lies before us – ensuring that all of our students
and staff realize their full potential,” Commerford said.
Commerford officially will begin her duties later
this month. She succeeds Dale Getto, who has served as Albany High’s
interim principal for the past 2½ years.
The board selected Commerford following a national
search last fall. A group of district staff, parents and community
members interviewed six semifinalists in November. Three candidates
advanced to final interviews in December.
Commerford has worked in the district for 18 years.
She spent the first 13 years of her career as a teacher at New Scotland
Elementary School. She earned her first administrative experience as the
substitute principal at Pine Hills Elementary School in the fall of 2010
before moving to Albany High as the Discovery Academy principal from
January 2011 until August 2016, when she was elevated to operations
principal and, the following May, vice principal.
She has been part of an administrative team that has
led school-improvement efforts that have resulted in a nearly 25 percent
increase in Albany High’s graduation rate – from 50 percent for the
Class of 2010 to 62 percent for the Class of 2016.
The State Education Department is expected to
announce 2017 graduation rates later this winter.
Albany High also met all of
its goals under the state’s receivership law last school year. Those
passing Regents exams, a higher graduation rate, improved safety and
“I know we can continue to increase our graduation
rate and ensure that our students leave us college and career ready,”
Commerford said. “I know together we can continue to change the
perception of Albany High, and make our school a place where the
community knows we are successful and all of our students are successful
– and truly live up to our motto, ‘You can’t hide that Falcon PRIDE!’”
Commerford earned a bachelor’s in elementary
education at The College of St. Rose, a master’s in reading at the
University at Albany, and professional school district leader and school
building leader certifications at St. Rose.
The mission of the City School District of Albany
is to work in partnership with our diverse community to
engage every learner in a robust educational program designed to provide
the knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
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