New MCS superintendent takes reins

By Brian Sweeney
New Margaretville Central School Superintendent Anthony Albanese has been on the job since July 1 and is looking forward to the start of school. Mr. Albanese has been working with the board for more than a month and has met many staff members who are already at MCS preparing for a new year.
The new superintendent said he is busy with the transition to learn a new system. He is also looking at the district’s goals developed in recent years and formulating an entry plan for the upcoming year.
Prior to accepting the MCS position, Mr. Albanese had served as the director of pupil personnel at Scotia-Glenville Central School District since 2002.
As he settles into his new position, Mr. Albanese said he is open to ideas from the staff and the public.
“I certainly like to think of myself as someone who likes to hear people’s opinions and ask about their solutions. I really work in a collaborative manner and try to gather as much information as we can before making decisions,” Mr. Albanese explained.
“The most important question we need to ask is if the decisions being made are in best interests of the school district, students and community,” he added.
Mr. Albanese said that he also is looking forward to getting acquainted with more people in the district.
“It’s a community that I want to get to know better. I want to be open and accessible. I see this as a small community in which the school district plays a major role.”
The new superintendent and his wife, Barbara, are in the process of purchasing a home in the area. They are the parents of an adult son, Tim.
Mr. Albanese started his career in education in 1979 when he began work as a social worker and counselor at the Wildwood School in Schenectady.
Mr. Albanese later worked as principal of the Young Adult Program and then as executive director of the education program and taking the pupil personnel director’s position at Scotia-Glenville.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire and a master of science degree in counseling from the State University Col-lege at Oneonta. Mr. Albanese also received a certificate in advanced study in counselor education and family therapy from SUCO. He has taken additional courses at the State University College at Albany, the College of Saint Rose and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Mr. Albanese succeeds John Riedl whose retirement became effective July 1.