Menands searches for new superintendent

District narrows down list to three to succeed Kathy Meany

— The search for a new Menands School District superintendent has been narrowed down to three candidates.

After announcing her retirement last summer, Superintendent Kathy Meany is finishing up her sixth year as head of the district. A formal process began in October to find a new superintendent and several interviews have been conducted by a committee than includes parents, business owners, seniors, students, faculty and community members. Now, the three finalists will appear before the Board of Education before that body makes a choice in May.

Meany, who has worked in public education for 35 years, said she decided to retire in order to finish her dissertation on adolescent literacy at the University of Albany as well as have more time to spend with her family.

“I think 35 is a good number,” she said.

The final three candidates have been narrowed down from 45 applicants that Meany said “appear to be very dedicated and experienced educators.”

One candidate, Mathis A Calvin III, holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Rochester, and earned his master’s degree in education from St. John Fisher College and a bachelor’s in education from Keuka College. He is serving his third year as superintendent of the New York School for the Blind in Batavia. Before that, he worked five years as the director of pupil personnel-special education for the Letchworth Central School District in Gainesville, as well as academy director of instruction and middle school dean at the Rochester Leadership Academy Charter School.

William Crankshaw, another candidate, is in his third year with the Northville Central School District, acting as the Northville Elementary principal/CSE chair and director of elementary curriculum and instruction/grant coordinator. He has also worked as Northville’s interim K-12 principal. He has worked as the principal at Glebe Street Elementary School in Johnstown and before becoming administrator, was a music teacher for 17 years. Crankshaw earned a doctorate in educational leadership from Sage Graduate School, a master’s degree in music education from the College of Saint Rose and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Ithaca College.

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