Board selects veteran Nevada educator as superintendent
Kaweeda G. Adams has served in America's fifth-largest district for
nearly three decades
N.Y. (July 5, 2017) -- The
City School District of Albany Board of Education has selected longtime
Nevada educator Kaweeda G. Adams to serve as the next superintendent of
the 9,700-student district.
Adams, a third-generation educator, has served in
increasing levels of responsibility in the Clark County School District
for the past 28 years. The district includes Las Vegas and educates more
than 320,000 students, about 75 percent of all students in Nevada.
The board unanimously approved Adams' appointment at its July 13
meeting. She officially will begin her duties Aug. 14.
In her current position, Adams is school associate
superintendent for Clark County’s Performance Zone 1, one of 16
performance zones in the district. In that role, she is the
instructional leader of 24 schools and more than 28,000 students.
“Kaweeda Adams is an exceptionally strong academic
leader,” said Board President Sue Adler. “She has a proven track record
of success in every position she has held. She also has an ability to
bring people together. We believe she is the ideal superintendent to
lead our school district forward in the critical work that lies ahead
Adams began her career in education as a
secondary-level English teacher, working at the middle and high school
levels for 6½ years before moving into administration. She served as
dean of students at the middle level, assistant principal and principal
at the middle level, university instructor at Regis University, human
resources director, and director of the instruction unit and facility
She served as an academic manger/assistant chief
student achievement officer in Clark County’s Area 4/Performance Zone 3,
where she supervised 21-26 schools and served nearly 22,000 students,
beginning in 2010 and continuing until she was promoted to her current
leadership position in January.
Adams fundamentally believes that education levels
the playing field and opens the door for endless possibilities and
opportunities for all children.
She is committed to providing diverse educational
opportunities to meet the needs of all students, mentoring and coaching
instructional leaders and teachers, and building quality instructional
delivery systems combined with systemic progress monitoring,
job-embedded professional development and effective, value-added
In addition to the instructional focus, Adams also is
committed to ensuring that central services are focused on supporting
all schools and putting students first.
“I am excited and ready to accept the
responsibilities that are ahead of me,” Adams said. “As I paraphrase one
of my favorite educators, the renowned Marva Collins, as educators it is
our responsibility to believe in the possibilities of all our students,
all of the time.”
In Albany, she will lead a school district in which
students speak 57 different languages and approximately 75 percent
qualify for free or reduced-price meals. The district has struggled to
close the achievement gap between white students and students of color,
and has been cited in recent years for disparities in suspension rates
among students of color and students with disabilities.
The district also offers a wide range of
opportunities for all students. Albany High School is one of just five
high schools in the Capital Region to offer the prestigious
International Baccalaureate program. Albany High’s 21 Advanced Placement
offerings also are unsurpassed in the region.
Albany High’s four-year graduation rate has increased
by nearly 25 percent in recent years, to 62 percent for the Class of
2016. The 506 students who earned diplomas June 25 as part of the Class
of 2017 represented Albany High’s largest graduating class since 516
students earned diplomas in 2008.
The district educates students from full-day
prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds through grade 12. It is in the
midst of a period of significant enrollment growth, with about 1,500
more students today (about 18 percent more) than in 2008.
Adams will take over leadership of the district in
time for the opening of a new middle school at 50 North Lark St., to
help accommodate that growing student population. The district also will
begin the first phase of the major rebuilding project at Albany High
School in 2018, enlarging and modernizing the campus to serve 3,000
students, up from the approximately 2,600 students at Albany High
Adams also will oversee the opening of a Newcomer
Program for grades 6-12 at the start of the 2017-18 school year to meet
the needs of the district’s rapidly growing population of
“At the end of the day, it is about equity in
education so that students of color, students of poverty, students of
privilege and students with special needs can and will learn despite the
challenges they face,” Adams said. “In order to ensure our students are
prepared for college and careers, our entire community must grow and
The board selected Adams following a confidential
national search. The search began in January and included input from
more than 330 community members regarding the qualities and
characteristics they considered most important in the leader of Albany’s
Adams officially will begin her tenure in Albany in
August. She will succeed Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., who has served
in the interim role since January 2016.
A native of Shreveport, La., (Caddo Parish Public
Schools), Adams earned her bachelor’s in English Education from the
University of New Orleans. She earned her master’s in Education
Administration and Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Las
She currently is pursuing a doctorate in
Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Organizational Management
from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
She has been recognized as a master teacher for
student teachers, recipient of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.,
Theta Theta Omega Thelma Tyree Award, and recognized by the principals
of Clark County’s Performance Zone 3 as an Outstanding School Associate
Adams has been an active member of her church for
more than 20 years, as well as in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Theta Theta
Omega Chapter in Las Vegas. She has been involved in numerous other
volunteer and community-oriented projects in the Las Vegas community
throughout her tenure as an educator.
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
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