By Sarah Varney
The Tuckahoe Board of Education has announced the appointment of Carl Albano, currently assistant superintendent of the school district, to superintendent starting on Aug. 1, 2016. Albano has worked as an administrator in Tuckahoe for 13 years.
Albano was principal of Tuckahoe Middle School for nine years and has been assistant superintendent since 2012. He was assistant principal at Concord Road Elementary School in Ardsley from 2000 to 2003.
Albany, 47, will be paid a salary of $230,000 per year as superintendent.
“I’m very excited,” he told the Review. “There are a lot of challenges, but I’m excited.”
Being familiar with the district will help Albano as he transitions into the new role.
“I have a lot of advantages because I was at the middle school as principal and then as assistant superintendent here at the high school,” he said.
The Tuckahoe Union Free School District has an annual budget of approximately $32 million and a student body of 1,100. Per capita cost per student is $26,888.
“[Albano] has great experience at all three levels: elementary, middle school and high school, and being an internal candidate, he knows the culture of the district,” Tuckahoe High School Principal Bart Linehan said. Albano is the first internal superintendent hire in 20 years, Linehan added.
Over the last five years, the Tuckahoe school district has experienced some tumult around the position of superintendent. Interim Superintendent Dr. Edward Reilly served for a year until the district hired Dr. Barbara Nuzzi in September 2013. She resigned on Sept. 1 this year and was replaced by Dr. Charles Wilson, who is currently running the district, as interim superintendent.
Wilson will show Albano the ropes until his contract ends on July 30, 2016. Wilson has 14 years of experience as a school superintendent over his 42-year-long career.
Wilson commented that with the state’s 2 percent tax cap and the burden of unfunded mandates, turnover for superintendents in the Hudson Valley is high.
During his tenure as assistant superintendent, Albano has also served as head of curriculum and instruction and head of the special education program.
Albano has played an instrumental role in the special education department over the last four years, Wilson said. Bringing students back into the district to receive services and avoiding busing them out to other programs is one improvement Albano is responsible for facilitating. Albano has also increased the inclusion of special education students into mainstream classrooms, provided more training for mainstream teachers and streamlined the special education program’s assessment process, according to Wilson.
Principal Linehan recently accepted a $50,000 grant to the school district given by the New York State Education Department in recognition of its achievement in elevating special education students’ performance on state-standardized testing to the point that there are no “significant gaps” between the scores of the two groups.
One of Albano’s first tasks will be to help shepherd a search to replace Jim Reese, assistant superintendent for business, who will retire at the end of this school year.
Tuckahoe Board of Education President Dr. Julio Urbina could not be reached for comment as of press time.