Board appoints new assistant superintendent, interim elementary leader

Dr. April Prestipino

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has appointed April Prestipino, Ed.D., as the district’s new assistant superintendent of assessment, accountability and technology innovation. 

Dr. Prestipino currently serves as the assistant superintendent for school improvement in the Hudson City School District. She replaces Kent Baker on the district’s senior leadership team following his retirement this summer.

The board also has appointed retired district administrator Ken Cioffi to serve as interim assistant superintendent for elementary instruction. Cioffi, who has served the district in a variety of administrative roles since retiring as chief information officer in 2012, will serve in this new role until the district names a replacement for Cecily Wilson-Turner, Ed.D.

Dr. Wilson-Turner has been appointed as deputy superintendent in the Shenendehowa school district.

Dr. Prestipino has served the Hudson school community as its school improvement officer since 2012. In that capacity, she has been responsible for key initiatives that align and improve curriculum and instructional practices across the district, as well as the social-emotional development of students and staff.

Her areas of responsibility in Hudson also have included the Academic Intervention Services (AIS), Response to Intervention (RtI) and English as a New Language departments, as well as local, state and federal grants. 

Prior to joining Hudson, Dr. Prestipino served as an instructional data coach and analyst for Capital Region BOCES from 2011-12, and as a school improvement data analyst for Questar III BOCES from 2007-11. 

It was in these roles that Dr. Prestipino gained extensive knowledge in the areas of administering and analyzing assessments, as well as the nuances of the state’s accountability system. Both also were major areas of responsibility with her work in Hudson. 

She began her career in education as an elementary teacher in the New Lebanon Central School District. 

Dr. Prestipino holds an associate’s degree from Corning Community College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the State University of New York at Potsdam, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Russell Sage College.