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Albany School Superintendent To Step Down

Former City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

City of Albany school superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard will resign effective Friday according to a published report.

The Times Union cited multiple sources Thursday in reporting that the board of education gave the superintendent the option to resign her post and receive severance or be fired without it. She chose the former.

Vanden Wyngaard became the district's first permanent black female superintendent in 2012. She previously served as deputy superintendent of schools in Paterson, N.J.

District officials would not confirm or deny the newspaper report to WAMC.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m. :::

Officials have confirmed City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard has agreed to resign effective June 30. She has agreed to take paid leave from January 22nd through June 30th.

Vanden Wyngaard has served as Albany’s superintendent since September 2012.

The school board has appointed Kimberly Young Wilkins as the district’s acting superintendent. An Albany native, Dr. Wilkins has served as principal at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School since 2005. She has been employed by the district since 1994, serving as an administrator since 1997.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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