A busy first full day on the job for
Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D., on Jan. 25, 2016, included meeting with the media
wtih Board of Education President Kenneth M. Bruce. She shared the following message.
to download her remarks in .pdf format.
Thank you for taking the time to join us here today as we begin the
process of moving our school district forward in the best interest of
all of our students and families.
We recognize that this is not the position we wish we were in. But it is
where we are, and it is the steps and actions we take together from this
point forward that will define our organization and our capacity to
succeed in achieving our goals.
We must remember why we are here. We are here to serve all of our
children. There are more than 9,500 young people in our schools who look
to the leaders of our school district and our community each day for
guidance and support. They look to us as role models. And we owe it to
every single one of them to keep moving forward – and to find ways to
keep moving forward together no matter our disagreements or differing
points of view.
We have no choice. Our children need us now.
I am honored to have this opportunity to serve our students, families
and community in this new role as acting superintendent of the City
School District of Albany. This is the city where I was born, it is the
city where I live and it is the city to which I have dedicated my entire
My whole career – more than 25 years – has been about what is best for
kids. I have been the principal at Myers Middle School since we first
opened our doors in 2005. I have been blessed with excellent, committed
staff, as are all of our schools district-wide.
Everything we have done at Myers has been for the betterment of every
student. When we hold a dance. When we plan academic support activities.
When we greet the students when they walk in the door every morning.
It is all about the students.
That always has been Job 1 for me in every position I have held, and it
will continue to be Job 1 for me as I am called to this new professional
Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.