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Hackett leader named 'Principal of the Year'

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 29, 2017) -- William S. Hackett Middle School’s Michael Paolino has been chosen to receive a 2017 Principal of the Year Award from the Greater Capital Region Principals’ Center.

 

The award is given to a principal whose outstanding leadership embodies the mission and values of the Principals’ Center and celebrates the unique role of the principal in shaping school communities.

 

One of three area principals selected for the honor, Paolino is the only middle-school leader in the group.

 

Paolino joined the City School District of Albany as Hackett’s principal in August 2009. His early efforts dramatically improved student attendance and discipline issues.

 

Also, Hackett was on an early list of schools that faced state takeover due to previous years’ performance on state tests that measure student math and English-language arts skills. Under Paolino’s leadership, Hackett was removed from the list within a year based on its rapid improvement. And in 2016, Hackett sixth-graders scored higher on state tests in both math and English than all other sixth-graders in Albany.

 

Paolino began his career in education as a business teacher in Voorheesville. He later served as vice principal of Watervliet Junior-Senior High School, associate principal of Voorheesville High School and principal of Guilderland High School before his interim role at Troy’s 600-student Doyle Middle School in 2008-09.

 

A graduate of Union College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Paolino also earned an MBA in accounting from Union and a teaching certificate from Siena College.

 

Created in 1985 through the Capital Area School Development Association, the Greater Capital Region Principals’ Center provides training to renew and improve the administrative skills of school principals.  It also serves as a network to tap into professional knowledge.

 

Paolino will receive the award at an April 12 dinner.

   

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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