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A message from Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams

October 30, 2017

 

Beginning our work together

“It 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 of Albany.

 

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 learning.

 

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

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