Former Schenectady superintendent in line to lead Albany schools

Tuesday, June 2, 2009
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— The Albany City School District is scheduled to fill two district vacancies tonight.

The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the appointments of Raymond Colucciello as interim superintendent and David C. McCalla as principal of Albany High School.

Colucciello would take over for Superintendent Eva C. Joseph who is leaving after five years at Albany and 32 years in public education. On Aug. 3, she will start her new job as president of The Academy of Holy Names — a private Catholic school for girls in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Colucciello served as superintendent of the Schenectady City School District from 1993 to 2001 and later spent three years as interim superintendent and superintendent in Ballston Spa from 2005 to 2008. He currently is completing a one-year term as interim superintendent in Voorheesville.

“We know that Dr. Colucciello’s experience and guidance will be invaluable to us while we once again partner with our community to select the superintendent who will lead our school district into the future,” said Board of Education President Barbara Gaffuri in a statement.

McCalla would succeed Maxine Fantroy-Ford at 2,300-student Albany High. Fantroy-Ford is returning to Giffen Memorial Elementary School for the 2009-10 school year.

He spent 25 years in Miami-Dade County public schools, the fourth-largest school district in the country.

He will lead the high school at a time when the district is planning to change the education program and school facility as part of its strategic plan.

“We are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to bring this high caliber of leadership to our school district,” Joseph said in a statement. “Dr. McCalla’s outstanding experience and his deep understanding of urban school systems will be a great benefit to Albany High School and our students and families. We are grateful to the district and community volunteers who played an important role in choosing Dr. McCalla for this critical position.”

 

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