Board appoints White; Administrator becomes Saratoga's first female superintendent

Following the retirement of Saratoga Springs City School District Superintendent John E. McFadden in the summer, Saratoga Springs Deputy Superintendent Janice M. White will become the first female superintendent of schools in the school district's history.

White's appointment received unanimous approval from the school board, which held a news conference in the district's office Feb. 13 to announce her selection. White, an educator for 33 years, was chosen without a national search because the district wanted someone who could make a seamless transition. She was the only applicant from within the district.

She will earn an annual salary of $155,000, up from the $120,000 salary she earns now, board president Russell Danforth said.

I am privileged and honored to have this opportunity, said White. She is the first woman to be superintendent in the Saratoga Springs City School District, but downplayed the fact when asked about it.

"I am who I am, but it was my professionalism and skills that got me this job. My gender is a neutral component," she said.

The main issues that White plans to address will be creating a supportive learning environment and to continue to work toward academic achievement for every student, she said.

"In many ways, the school district can contribute to the community," White said. "Together we will achieve our goals."

White brings to the position a 33-year career as an educator, most recently as district deputy superintendent in Saratoga Springs. The board was impressed not only with her performance as deputy superintendent, a position she has held since 2001, but also in meeting the challenging criteria it established for the position.

"Based on her career achievements, successful service as deputy to John MacFadden, and demonstrated vision about the future of public education, Janice White is the ideal superintendent for Saratoga Springs at this time," said Danforth. "Her singular experience and expertise and her particular approach to leadership and learning will allow her to build upon the legacy of Dr. MacFadden while developing the next generation of leadership and bringing our schools to the next level of excellence."

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