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

In her seven years with the Saratoga Springs School District, White has served as director of elementary and middle school education and deputy superintendent. She has become increasingly responsible for a broad range of school district operations. Most notably, she has directed district operations in the absence of the superintendent; supervised the K-12 instructional program; created a district council for review of instructional programs, identified power standards and developed data analysis of student performance.

Her focus on student academic achievement has resulted in improved performance. The district has been ranked in the top 10 by the Albany Business Review for the past two years.

White has also had fiscal responsibility for program budgets and has participated in the development of district policies and regulations.

"Clearly, Janice White is the right person, at the right time, with the right qualifications for our school district," said Dr. John E. MacFadden, who has served the district for 38 years, including the last 16 years as superintendent of schools.

Before joining the Saratoga Springs City School District, White's career spanned a broad range of educational positions of increasing responsibility, including teacher leader, reading specialist, district coordinator, assistant principal, principal, and director. These were with the Lansingburgh City School District and the Voorheesville Central School District, which received National Blue Ribbon School recognition during her administrative time in the district.

She has been active in a number of professional organizations, including the state Council of School Superintendents, the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Phi Delta Kappa.

White's community involvement includes serving as vice president of the Saratoga County Arts Council, chair of Saratoga Reads Junior Action Committee, and former vice president of a local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

She is a graduate of the State University College at Oswego and has a master's degree from the University at Albany. She also has received school district administrator certification from The College of Saint Rose and is a graduate of Leadership Saratoga, sponsored by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.

White and her husband Terrance, assistant superintendent for elementary education in the Albany City School District, reside in Saratoga Springs. Their daughter and son-in law, Lisa and Jeffrey Palmer, are both teachers in the Albany City School District. Their son Matthew is an assistant commodities trader. White's father, Val Tebbano, is a retired superintendent in the Capital District.

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