October 30, 2017
Beginning our work together
is our responsibility as educators to believe in the possibilities of
all of our students, all of the time.” – Marva Collins
We are off to a fantastic start for the 2017-18 school year!
Besides the wonderful weather this late summer and fall, my arrival
coincided with a furry of positive activity in the City School District
The district was in the process of launching several new initiatives in
which I had the good fortune to participate. We opened a new program
designed to meet the needs of our growing refugee and immigrant
population – the Albany International Center at North Albany Academy. We
also dedicated two buildings after beloved former district principals –
the Tony Clement Center for Education, home to our alternative-education
programs, and Edmund J. O’Neal Middle School of Excellence, our new
third middle school.
In addition, we celebrated expansion of an ongoing partnership with
Whitney Young Health Center to provide services to students at North
Albany and the Albany International Center.
I would like to thank my predecessor, Interim Superintendent Kimberly
Young Wilkins, Ed.D., who welcomed and assisted me in a smooth
transition. Dr. Wilkins built a foundation of progress and achievement
for our district; the aforementioned successes were just a few of the
accomplishments under her leadership.
Since I began Aug. 14, I have had the opportunity to work with our Board
of Education and staff members throughout the district on creating new
vision and mission statements as well as district goals (see related
story). We have analyzed student performance data and survey results in
addition to numerous conversations with varied stakeholders.
These important pieces will serve as the guiding beacons for our work in
the years to come.
I also have had the opportunity to visit every school and meet with
every principal. I have visited scores of classrooms and had the
privilege of talking with our students. I have observed students
interested and motivated in their learning. I have engaged with teachers
and staff who are committed to the success of our children and work
diligently each day to create a caring environment conducive to
I also have seen first-hand that Albany is a city that supports its
public schools. Whether meeting with elected officials, business leaders
or community advocates, it is obvious we share the goal of having strong
schools capable of meeting each child’s unique needs.
I also am honored to have been able to meet many parents, grandparents,
aunts, uncles and friends who are eager to move our school district to
the next level! Albany is a fabulous community that truly cares about
our children … our future! It is a wonderful place to live and work. I
am excited to be here, working together with you to build a stronger
school district and an even stronger community in which all students can
and will learn!
Yours in education,
Kaweeda G. Adams
Superintendent of Schools