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Board appoints co-leaders for new middle school

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 2, 2017) -- Following through on the commitment to move quickly to select strong leadership for the new middle school the City School District of Albany will open in September at 50 North Lark St., the Board of Education has approved the appointment of two co-principals.

 

Montessori Magnet School Principal Malik Jones and West Hill Middle School Principal Kandie Antonetti, both veteran educators in the district, will share the leadership responsibilities at 50 North Lark when it opens for the 2017-18 school year. The board approved the appointments at its Feb. 2 meeting..

 

“It is critical that we have strong leadership at 50 North Lark from the beginning to ensure our goal of providing an equitable learning environment for our students,” said Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., the founding principal of Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School in 2005.

 

“These are two uniquely qualified administrators, with experience at all levels in our district. They know what it takes to build and support a program that will prepare students for success in high school.”

 

Jones is in his fourth year as the principal at Montessori Magnet School. He spent his first six years in the district teaching fifth and sixth grade at North Albany Academy, and also has served in an administrative role at Albany High School (as has Antonetti).

 

Antonetti currently is the principal at West Hill Middle School. She has served in that role since the school opened in 2015.

 

She has worked in the district since 1999, including 10 years as a sixth-grade teacher at the former Philip Schuyler Elementary School, the former Philip Livingston Magnet Academy and Myers Middle School. 

 

The district is opening the new middle school at 50 North Lark to address rapidly growing enrollment. The student population from prekindergarten through grade 8 has grown more than 26 percent (nearly 1,500 students) over the past eight years.

 

The district cannot meet its enrollment needs with its current middle-school facilities – two 6-8 schools (Myers and William S. Hackett Middle School) and one school serving pre-K through grade 8 (North Albany).

 

Students from Arbor Hill Elementary School (current grades 5-6), North Albany (current grades 5-7), Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy (current grade 5), Sheridan Preparatory Academy (current grade 5) and West Hill (current grade 7) will attend 50 North Lark in 2017-18.

 

They will enter a newly renovated school ready to meet their needs.

 

That’s thanks to overwhelming support from voters in January for a renovation project at 50 North Lark. Work will begin this spring and be completed for the start of school.

 

Voters in January also strongly supported the purchase 395 Elk St. That will be the new home for the district’s alternative-education programs in 2017-18.

 

“We are grateful to our community for supporting both of these important proposals, and allowing us to plan to provide equitable programs and services for our new middle school,” Dr. Wilkins 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 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 School.

         
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