graphic masthead of boy and City School District of Alabny logo graphic link to Board of Education pages graphic link to school directory pages
box bullet

HOME

box bullet About Us
box bullet

Academics

box bullet

After-School and Extended-Day Care

box bullet

Albany A-Z

box bullet

Albany Booster Club and School PTAs

box bullet

Albany Fund for Education

box bullet

Alumni

box bullet

Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

box bullet Art
box bullet Assurance of Discontinuance
box bullet

Athletics

box bullet Bids/RFPs
box bullet Buildings and Grounds
box bullet

Calendar

box bullet

Dignity for All Students Act

box bullet

Early Childhood

box bullet

Employment

box bullet ENL and Refugee Services
box bullet

Feedback

box bullet Grade Configuration/Middle School Enrollment
box bullet

Grants and Program Development

box bullet

Hall of Fame

box bullet Human Resources
box bullet

Library

box bullet

Music

box bullet

News

box bullet

Parent University

box bullet

Professional Development

box bullet

Programs and Services

box bullet Pupil Personnel Services
box bullet Receivership
box bullet

Search Our Site

box bullet

Strategic Planning: 2020 Vision

box bullet

Student Registration

box bullet Summer School

box bullet

Volunteering

 

Contract for Excellence 2016-17

The 2016-17 Contract for Excellence plan of the City School District of Albany will continue efforts to improve student achievement in schools cited by New York State as needing academic improvement. It also will build capacity to serve students in high-needs schools across the district.

 

The total contract amount is $1,792,209 -- the same as 2015-16. Click the highlighted text to see the 2016-17 contract's spending plan.

 

Targeted schools

The plan targets students with the greatest educational need as identified on the Educational Need Matrix provided by the State Education Department.

 

The 2016-17 contract supports programs and services for students at Albany High School/Alternative Learning Center, Arbor Hill  Elementary School, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy, Sheridan Preparatory Academy and Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST). 

 

Albany High School and the Alternative Learning Center -- $459,612 will provide the following:

  • For increased time on task:  Staffing in math, social studies, special education, and social work; homeless liaison through St. Catherine’s; and

  • For teacher/principal quality: A portion of the salaries for literacy and math coaches.

Arbor Hill Elementary School -- $86,485 will provide the following:

  • For increase time on task:  A half-time reading position; and

  • For teacher/principal quality: A portion of the salary for a math coach; a portion of the salary for the elementary instructional supervisor for English language arts (ELA).

Giffen Memorial Elementary School -- $108,113 will provide the following:

  • For English-language learners:  Staffing of an ENL teacher position; and

  • For teacher/principal quality: A portion of the salary for the elementary instructional supervisor for English language arts (ELA). 

Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy -- $95,712 will provide the following:

  • For English-language learners:  Staffing of an ENL teacher position; and

  • For teacher/principal quality: A portion of the salary for a math coach; a portion of the salary for the elementary instructional supervisor for English language arts (ELA). 

Sheridan Preparatory Academy -- $82,036 will provide the following:

  • For English-language learners:  Staffing of an ENL teacher position; and

  • For teacher/principal quality: A portion of the salary for the elementary instructional supervisor for English language arts (ELA). 

Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) -- $79,664 will provide the following:

  • For English-language learners:  Staffing of an ENL teacher position; and

  • For teacher/principal quality: A portion of the salary for the elementary instructional supervisor for English language arts (ELA). 

District-wide efforts

Efforts throughout the district generally fall into two categories:

  • ENL, literacy and math; and

  • Early education

ENL, literacy and math

1) Instructional supervisors and director -- 2.25 positions for a total of $256,050

ENL/refugee, math and literacy programs are led by instructional supervisors/director who are responsible for:

  • Evaluating teachers;

  • Providing job-embedded professional development and leadership support;

  • Aligning and implementing the Common Core Learning Standards district-wide, with an emphasis on supporting data-driven instruction;

  • Supporting the comprehensive education plans at schools the state identifies as "focus" or "priority;" and

  • Ensuring that teachers make the transition to Common Core Learning Standards.

Also, ENL teachers have been continued at schools with high refugee and immigrant populations to help students meet academic expectations and make academic gains.

 

2) Instructional coaches -- 3.5 positions for a total of $295,536

The district is committed to the instructional coaching model to ensure rigor and implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards with an emphasis on instructional delivery, classroom management and assessment.

 

3) Reading teacher -- A half-time position at Arbor Hill Elementary School for a total of $40,288.

 

Early education -- 1 position for a total of $97,346

The district is committed to the retention of the 600-seat full-day prekindergarten program to support early foundational education, and the 2016-17 contract will fund one prekindergarten teacher at Delaware Community School.    

  

Contract for Excellence regulations indicate that the contract plan should result in at least a 10 percent gain in the percent of the target group students achieving the state standards. The target group students are those at the identified schools that did not meet their benchmark for annual progress, designated by the State Education Department as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

 

Click the highlighted text for a timeline of 2016-17 Contract for Excellence activities.

 

Public input

You are invited to share your questions, concerns or comments regarding the 2016-17 Contract for Excellence either in writing or at an upcoming public hearing.

 

The district will hold a public hearing on the 2016-17 Contract for Excellence on Thursday, July 14 at 6:10 p.m. at Delaware Community School, 43 Bertha St.

 

Please submit written comments by Aug. 12 to:

Superintendent of Schools

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

 

 

 

 

 

graphic header for quick links
Link to Board of Ed page Link to Directory page Link to Our Schools page