Kaweeda Adams was named new superintendent of the City of Albany School District, chosen by the board of education. In the last decade, the Albany School District has gone through four superintendents. School Board President Sue Adler says she's confident their new pick is here to stay.
Adams comes from Clark County, Nevada, where she led a zone in a district that includes Las Vegas. She's looking forward to downsizing in district size from 320,000 students in Clark County to 9,700 in Albany.
Adams plans to focus on early literacy rates and getting ahead of the district's impending population growth with the goal of increasing graduation rates. But perhaps the biggest change she'll face comes in the amount of snow days she'll have to call.
"You know what -- you will be surprised -- we have had a snow day in Las Vegas," Adams laughed. "We actually had, now I know you need to hang on to your seats for this one, we had about 4 inches of snow on the ground."
Adams is expected to be officially confirmed by the board July 13. She will succeed Kimberly Young Wilkins, who's served in the interim role since January 2016, and will begin work in Albany in August.