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Schenectady superintendent Soler in the running for top job in Yonkers schools, according to Yonkers district

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SCHENECTADY — Schenectady City School District is facing the possibility of‌ searching for a new head ⁣of schools once⁢ again, as ⁢current Superintendent Anibal Soler Jr. is one of the finalists for the position of the next Yonkers ‌Public Schools ​superintendent.

Yonkers, located near New York City, is the fourth-largest school district ⁤in the state, with nearly 23,000⁢ students in K-12. The district has⁣ confirmed that Soler‌ is ⁢one ⁢of the finalists, but has not ⁣disclosed⁢ the names of the other candidates.

Despite ⁣the potential departure of Soler, the Schenectady school⁢ board president Bernice Rivera has assured the ‍community of the district’s commitment to transparency and communication. She stated, “It is our understanding that Superintendent Soler was recently recruited by Yonkers Public Schools (PS) and the board is aware that Yonkers PS has recently confirmed⁤ that Superintendent ⁢Soler is a finalist. We do not have details ⁤or ‌any additional information to share at this time.”

The Impact of Soler’s Leadership

During his time in Schenectady, Soler has implemented a number of new programs and initiatives. For example, ⁢the district began allowing students at five elementary schools to take advantage of extended after-school⁣ hours, and launched a literacy awareness campaign aimed ⁣at increasing the ability ⁢to read and write ‌among students.

Additionally, the district showed modest gains​ in ‍state test scores for English Language Arts (ELA) in 2022-2023, recording a 3.96% rise in⁣ proficiency among ‍grades 3-8. However, a majority ‌of students in grades ⁢6-8 tested three or more grade‍ levels below standard in the first quarter of the‍ 2023-24 academic year.

Despite the challenges, Soler has remained‌ committed to transparency in testing scores and has worked⁤ with students who are behind. The district ​also changed its grading policy earlier this year, moving from a numerical system to a letter-based one, and doesn’t penalize students ⁤who hand ⁣in late assignments with⁢ lowered grades​ for those tasks.

Yonkers had a 90% ‍graduation rate in 2021-22, according to state Education Department data, while Schenectady was at 80%. Soler has also dealt with some controversial issues, including the decision to have more ‍community engagement officers in the district, and has a track record of success‌ in previous leadership roles.

Despite the potential departure of Soler, the Schenectady school board president Bernice Rivera has assured the⁣ community of the district’s commitment to transparency and communication. She stated, “It is our ‍understanding that Superintendent Soler was recently recruited by Yonkers Public Schools (PS) and the board is aware that Yonkers⁣ PS has recently confirmed that Superintendent Soler is a finalist. We do not have details or any additional information to share at this time.”

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Kiara Thomas
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