Welcoming new leaders to our team
Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., announced the addition of nine new
administrators to the City School District of Albany on July 20, 2016,
in preparation for the start of the 2016-17 school year.
The City School District of Albany has filled several administrative
positions as it looks ahead to the 2016-17 school year, including an
important academic appointment on our senior leadership team.
The district has hired veteran Schenectady City School District educator
Lori McKenna to serve as assistant superintendent for instruction.
McKenna, currently the director of planning and accountability in
Schenectady, will replace Ken Cioffi, who has filled the position
temporarily in an interim role.
McKenna was among several administrative appointments confirmed at the
July 14 Board of Education meeting. The board also appointed Kent Baker
as the district’s new chief information officer at its June 16 meeting.
We are so fortunate to be able to bring these dedicated, experienced
professionals to Albany as we look ahead to new beginnings throughout
our district in 2016-17. I am confident that these
new members of our team will play integral roles in advancing our
mission to educate and prepare our 9,500 students for success.
McKenna begins in Albany on Aug. 22 and will join Cecily Wilson-Turner
as the district’s two assistant superintendents charged with supporting
the district’s 17 building leaders.
McKenna began her career as an elementary teacher in Schenectady from
1992-2001. She has held a variety of district-level positions over the
past 15 years, serving in her current senior-level position since 2011.
She will be responsible for supporting the district’s middle schools and
Albany High School.
Additional new appointments are:
information officer – Baker returns
to Albany to fill this newly created senior-level position with
responsibilities for data, assessment and technology. Baker served
as the Schenectady school district’s assistant director for planning
and accountability during the 2015-16 school year. He was an
elementary principal in the Ballston Spa school district for the
second half of the 2014-15 school year after serving as director of
educational data and reporting at the State Education Department. He
was Ballston Spa’s chief information officer from 2009-14 following
a 16-year career in Albany. He served as the district’s technology
integration specialist from 2004-06 and instructional technology
coordinator from 2006-08 following 12 years as an elementary
Personnel Services – Veteran Albany
administrator Timothy Fowler was appointed interim director. Fowler
has served as the district’s assistant director of special education
since 2013. Prior to that he served as principal at Thomas O’Brien
Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST) from 2008-13, and as
assistant principal at Albany School of Humanities (ASH) from
2006-08. He replaces Anthony Albanese, who resigned at the end of
the 2015-16 school year.
Childhood Office – Melissa Hasty
was promoted to the new position of director in this expanding area
of academic priority, focusing on prekindergarten through second
grade. Hasty has served as early childhood coordinator since 2009,
overseeing nearly 100 percent growth in the district’s pre-K
programs to more than 1,000 seats for 3- and 4-year-olds for the
2016-17 school year. Hasty served as an elementary teacher in the
district from 1998-2009.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
– John Slyer is the district’s new
instructional supervisor in this area for grades 6-12. He joins the
district from Shaker Junior High School in Latham, where he served
as a life science and enriched science teacher since 1996. He
replaces Doreen Mitchell, who retired at the end of the 2015-16
Transportation – Denise Towne
is the new director of transportation. Towne comes to Albany
from Schenectady, where she had served as that school district’s
transportation supervisor since November. She also previously has
been responsible for transportation services in the
Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Schoharie school districts, and in
Rensselaer. She also has served as a dispatcher and began her career
as a school bus driver, including experience in Albany. She replaces
Joe Verrigni, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Thomas O'Brien Academy of Science and
Technology (TOAST) principal
-- Teresa L. Brown, a veteran
educator with administrative leadership experience at the
elementary, middle and high-school levels, will serve as the new
leader of Albany's science- and technology-themed magnet elementary
High School assistant house principals
– The board appointed Jason Breh and Suzann
Cornell to these new positions. The district converted two existing
office-assigned teacher positions to assistant principals for
2016-17 to provide additional administrative support at the
Breh comes to Albany from Berlin Central
Schools, where he served as principal of the middle school from
2010 through the end of last school year. He began his career as
an art educator at Mount Anthony Union High School in
Bennington, Vt., and in Berlin (grades 6-12) from 2001-10. At
Albany High, he will provide support to the Citizenship and
Cornell has served as an elementary
literacy coach in Albany since 2013. Prior to that, she worked
as a teacher at Pine Hills Elementary school from 1998-2013. At
Albany High, she will provide support to the Discovery and
Please join me in welcoming these new leaders to Albany, or in
congratulating our current leaders on their new and expanded duties.
I am confident they all will play leading roles in helping all of
our students and our school district move forward in 2016-17.
Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.