Former Albany High leader Getto announces retirement
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 16, 2018) – Former
Albany High School Interim Principal Dale Getto has announced her
retirement following a 31-year career as a teacher and administrator in
the City School District of Albany. The Board of Education accepted
Getto’s resignation Thursday night.
Getto (pictured at right in
foreground) served as a member of
the Albany High administrative team for 7½ years and as the school’s
leader for the last 2½ years. She was an instrumental part of the
school’s progress during that time.
graduation rate increased 15
percentage points from 2010-17; the 65 percent graduation rate for the
Class of 2017 is the school’s highest since the state started measuring
graduation rates under its current methodology in 2005.
“Dale Getto has served
Albany High School, our entire school district and our community with
energy and passion for more than three decades,” said Superintendent
Kaweeda G. Adams.
“The type of progress
Albany High has seen in recent years is always a team effort, but Dale
Getto has been a key leader on that team for many years. We will miss
her dedication, her compassion and her leadership.”
“On behalf of the Board of
Education, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Dale for
her outstanding service to our students and families for the past
30-plus years,” said Board President Sue Adler. “Her effective
stewardship at Albany High School has helped us move forward and
positioned us well for even greater gains in the future.”
Getto’s retirement is
effective March 17.
Getto originally had
planned to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. She committed
to return for 2017-18 to allow the district an opportunity to conduct a
thorough search for her replacement.
The board appointed Jodi
Commerford, Albany High’s second-in-command under Getto, as the school’s
new principal in January.
Getto joined the district
as an elementary teacher in 1987 and worked in that role for 10 years at
Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Albany School of Humanities (ASH).
She served as the district’s first district-wide behavior specialist
from 1997-2001, and as an administrator at William S. Hackett Middle
School, Abrookin Career and Technical Center and North Albany Academy
The mission of
the City School District of Albany is
to work in partnership with our diverse community to engage every
learner in a robust educational program designed to provide the
knowledge and skills necessary for success. The district
about 9,600 students in 18 elementary, middle and high schools. In
addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet
schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities
for students, including four themed academies
at Albany High School.