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    14 Albany community members will help to select school district chief

    Rudy GattiRudy Gatti, a senior advisor hired by Albany school district for superintendent selection, gave a presentation with his associate Janet Gatti at a school board meeting in Albany Tuesday. Photo by Linjun Fan.

    Fourteen community members will help to select candidates for the superintendent position of Albany Unified School District in late February, according to a decision made by the district board Tuesday.

    Seven members of the Superintendent Selection Advisory Committee will be representatives of district employees, and the other half will represent parents and other community members.

    The representatives will be appointed by Albany Teacher’s Association, Albany Parent-Teachers Association Council and several other community groups*, as recommended by Rudy Gatti, an advisor hired by the district to recruit a successor to retiring Superintendent William Wong.

    The board decided to add a member from the Albany Adult School and a member from the district’s Special Education program to the committee for greater diversity.

    Members of the committee will be asked to attend an orientation for superintendent selection in late February, and participate in the first round of interviews in early March.

    The board also unanimously elected Charles Blanchard as its president, and Jamie Calloway as its vice president, both of whom will serve a one-year term.

    *A complete list of the composition of the Superintendent Selection Advisory Committee

    Seven representatives from staff organizations:
    Two members appointed by Albany Teachers Association;
    One member appointed by Classified School Employees Association;
    One member appointed by Service Employees International Union;
    One member appointed by site administrators;
    One Assistant Superintendent;
    One member appointed by Albany Adult School;

    The other seven representatives from parents and other community groups:
    Three parents appointed by Parent Teacher Association Council;
    One student pointed by Albany High School student leadership group;
    One community member appointed by school fund-raising groups;
    One member appointed by the Bilingual Advisory Committee of the district;
    One member recommended by the district’s Special Education Program.

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