Our nation's changing leadership -- and the
sudden, almost daily, shifts in philosophies and ideologies that are
accompanying it -- have left many feeling uncertain about how the
country views all of its people, or whether the country cares.
Many are questioning if this is the America we
learned about, or are learning about, in school.
A place of freedom and equality.
A place of compassion and dignity.
A place of honor and character.
I would like to reassure you that all of those
qualities remain alive and well in the City School District of
Albany. I want to reassure every student, every family, every staff
member and every community member that you are valued. You are
supported. You are loved.
Our school district offers many resources for
students who have questions or would like additional support. Please
always know that you and your children can turn to the caring and
compassionate principals and classroom teachers in each of our 17
schools. Our offices of Pupil Personnel Services, ENL and Refugee
Services, and Guidance provide additional staff members who are
trained and ready to respond to all students' emotional needs.
You can contact your child's principal or teacher
for more information about resources available at school, or use one
of these phone numbers if you have additional questions:
Office of Pupil Personnel Services --
Office of ENL and Refugee Services --
Office of the Superintendent -- 475-6010
Whether you or your children were born across
town, across the country or across the world, please know that we
will continue to do our best every day to make sure you feel at home
everwhere in our school district.
Our school district is 1,700 employees strong.
Through allof our staff resources, we will continue to nurture and
support each of our more than 9,600 students. We will strive every
day to provide rich learning environments in every classroom in
every school, and to give every student the support they need to
We will honor the racial and ethnic background of
every student, every family and every staff member. We will
celebrate all 57 languages that our students speak, and every
religion they and their families choose to worship. We will continue
to enthusiastically welcome our growing population of immigrants and
refugees, and embrace the beautiful cultures and customs that enrich
our schools and our city.
We will provide safe, supportive schools where
everyone is free to grow to their fullest potential and become
whoever and whatever they dream to be.
No matter how national events unfold around us,
in Albany's public schools we will continue to value and defend all
of the rich diversity that makes us proud every day to serve this
community. Please know that we are always there for you.
Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.