Board appoints co-leaders for new middle school
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
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
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 currently is the principal at West Hill
Middle School. She has served in that role since the school opened in
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
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.
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