Albany Unified School District Superintendent William Wong announced his retirement at a school board meeting Tuesday, effective July 2008.
Wong was hired as superintendent by the district in July, 2002. During his tenure, he successfully tackled a major financial crisis, turning a $1 million shortfall in school reserves that year to a $2 million surplus reserves today.
“I’ve had a very good career. It’s time for me, personally and financially, to leave to have something else to do,” Wong said.
Born in Tsingtao, China, Wong grew up in Pearl City, Hawaii and San Diego. He has worked in seven school districts for the past 33 years, after earning a doctorate of education degree from the University of Southern California.
“What’s especially enjoyable here is the amount of support parents have given to the school,”said Wong, who described his work in Albany as “rewarding and satisfying”.
School Board members said Wong will be missed.
“He’s been a great superintendent. We are really sorry to see him retire,”said Board Member Charles Blanchard.
A parent thanked Wong for making improvements on school facilities at Ocean View Elementary School.
“You do listen to us. And you worked diligently to solve the problems,” said Chris Thai.
The board will first search for Wong’s successor among current employees of the district.
“We’d like to see what we have here in the school district, perhaps to see what benefits we can get from continuity,” Blanchard said.