New administrative appointments as district looks ahead to 2017-18
N.Y. (June 2, 2017) -- The City School District of Albany Board of
Education made three administrative appointments at its meeting June 1,
filling important school leadership positions for the 2017-18 school
The board appointed veteran Eagle Point Elementary
School Principal Kendra Chaires-Francis to serve as the new principal at
Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy. Chaires-Francis will replace John
Murphy at Schuyler.
Chaires-Francis has worked in the district since 2002, beginning as a
special education teacher. She has served as principal at Eagle Point
since 2009. The district will begin the process of hiring a new
principal for Eagle Point immediately, with the expectation of having
that person in place for the start of the 2017-18 school year.
The board also appointed Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School
Assistant Principal John Powell as the new principal at Montessori
Magnet School. Powell will replace Malik Jones, who will take over as a
co-principal at the district’s new middle school at 50 North Lark St.
Powell came to the district last fall in his role at Myers. Prior to
that, he spent 16 years in the Stillwater Central School District, the
majority of it at the elementary level: as a teacher, assistant
principal and principal. Stillwater Elementary School, and the district
in general, experienced strong gains in student performance during his
time as principal.
Powell began his professional career as a special education teacher in
South Glens Falls and at the Wildwood School in Latham.
To fill Powell’s assistant principal position at Myers in 2017-18, the
veteran district educator Lisa House.
worked in the district since 2004, primarily at the middle school level.
She taught sixth grade at the former Philip Livingston Magnet Academy
and William S. Hackett Middle School from 2006-13.
She served as a literacy coach for three years, and since April
2016 has served as school improvement manager at Hackett.