This year has been one of professional growth for me. No sooner had I stepped down after fifteen years of working in a school district central office and close to 40 years in the field, when I was asked to take the reins of CASDA as the Interim Executive Director for 2017-2018. It has been a wonderful and rewarding experience.
As I often pointed out to colleagues, the word “interim” was the most important part of my title. One of my most critical tasks to complete this year was to lead the search for a permanent Executive Director to lead CASDA as it approaches its 70th year of operation next year. I took it very seriously, and we were able to generate a lot of interest in becoming my successor.
I am very pleased to announce that effective July 1, Dr. Michael Piccirillo will begin his tenure as the Executive Director of this incredible organization. Dr. Piccirillo retired in December 2017 as Superintendent of Schools for the Saratoga Springs City School District, and most recently has been assisting the Washington Saratoga Warren Hamilton Essex BOCES as their Director of Adult Education.
Dr. Piccirillo brings a wealth of knowledge regarding education in the Capital Region. In addition to Saratoga Springs, Mike has served as a teacher and administrator in several area districts, and therefore has a firm grasp of the needs of urban, suburban, and rural school districts. He is a collaborator with colleagues, and has a singular focus on providing for the students’ needs, particularly those students who face economic uncertainty at home.
Throughout the spring, Mike will be spending a great deal of time orienting himself with our organization, and how it interacts and supports the needs of our member schools and districts. With his strong organizational abilities, and his strengths in the areas mentioned above, I am fully confident that Mike will hit the ground running in July.
With his arrival, I would be remiss if I neglected to thank the members of our Search team, led by Dr. Laurence Spring, Schenectady City School District Superintendent. The members included Executive Committee members Dr. Angelina Maloney, Superintendent of Brunswick Central Schools, Dr. Laura Dutton of the Poland Central Schools, Dr. Marie Wiles of the Guilderland Central Schools, Dr. Robert Bangert-Drowns, Dean of the School of Education, University at Albany, and CASDA staff Rebecca Gardner, Terry Brewer, Ed Kollar, and Jim Butterworth. Their time and efforts to make this happen were invaluable in coming to the positive result we achieved.
So, congratulations are in order to Dr. Piccirillo, CASDA’s incredible faculty and staff, and in fact the entire membership of CASDA who will all benefit from Mike’s leadership and vision as CASDA continues to be the premier school study council in New York State.
Interim Executive Director