Opportunity can mean one of two things: either the
joining of favorable circumstances, or the chance for advancement.
Providing both to our students is a priority for me as interim
superintendent in the City School District of Albany.
In the past several months I’ve observed numerous opportunities for
students of all ages to learn and grow. This includes quality
instruction, special projects, reading celebrations, school plays, field
trips, award ceremonies and celebrations, sports, music, art and much
These opportunities allow our students to shine and
show their diverse talents in many ways. They culminate in end-of-year
highlights such as moving-up ceremonies and the ultimate milestone:
Albany High School graduation on June 26.
The end of school is a natural time to look back on the past school
year and plan for the next school year and beyond. Although school is
officially over June 24, our staff and I will continue to work through
the summer on important projects that also involve opportunity.
Ongoing efforts include re-crafting a Code of Conduct that will reaffirm
our commitment to changing discipline practices and procedures that have
perpetuated disproportionate suspension rates for black students and
students with disabilities.
We also are continuing the work of the Grade Configuration Steering
Committee, which is studying short- and long-term enrollment and
facilities options for our elementary and middle schools so they meet
the needs of our growing student population.
Our goal, as we move forward with these and other projects, is to give
every student every opportunity to succeed and grow emotionally,
intellectually, physically and socially.
Underlying this work is a shared vision of equity for all of our
students in all forms of opportunity.
The district remains committed to providing the highest-quality
educational experience for all students, who will continue to be our
primary focus. They and our schools are a source of pride and value to
our community, and this is evident throughout the pages of this
I invite parents to take the opportunity to be
actively involved in their child’s education, and I extend an invitation
to the entire community to join us at school activities and events as
often as possible. (That includes our annual Summer Celebration
Saturday, July 16 in Krank Park. This free family event from 11 a.m.-3
p.m. features food, music, fun and information from dozens of community
Please know that I value your involvement, engagement and support for
the learning of all of our students. I look forward to having many
opportunities to work with you.