Albany school board approves new superintendent

July 13, 2017 11:17 PM

ALBANY – The Albany City School District has a new superintendent. Kaweeda Adams brings nearly three decades of experience from Clark County School District in Nevada to Albany next month. But some in the community wanted someone a little closer to home.

Dozens filed in to shake hands and speak with Albany’s new superintendent at the district’s school board meeting Thursday night. “There’s so much diversity here,” said Adams when asked about what attracted her to Albany. “And I love being able to work alongside people who are different and people who are the same and be able to bring people together.”

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Kaweeda Adams has served the last 28 years in the Clark County Nevada school district. The district itself has over 320,000 students; Adams oversees about 28,000 of them. But that’s still more than the 9,700 she’ll be in charge of here in Albany. “She knows how to actually close the development gap through the use of differentiated learning, through professional development,” said Board of Education President Sue Adler. “She's done that work, both as a teacher, as a principal.”

While the board approved Adams unanimously, some members of the community were not as enthusiastic. A few community members, along with former school board member Kenny Bruce, favored Interim Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Wilkins, who was installed after Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard resigned in January 2016.

“Dr. Wilkins returned the heart and soul to this school district,” Bruce said during public comment. “If you do not reverse your plans, she will be sorely missed.”

“Where is your loyalty to her,” another community member asked the board about Wilkins. “Where is your respect for her?”

Adler says she is sensitive to those concerns, but believes the board made the right decision. “I also believe that they will, upon getting to know Mrs. Adams, understand why she was and is the person to lead the district at this point in time,” said Adler about Adams’ naysayers.

Adams’ contract runs through 2020 and she will start in August. One of the things Adams says she is looking forward to the most is experiencing a real winter. She says she only had one snow day in 28 years in Nevada.


Ben Amey

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