Saint Rose President R. Mark Sullivan will still be involved in education policy in the City of Albany, even after he steps down as college president in August of this year. This was one of the messages conveyed by Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings during his 2012 State of the City address, delivered last night.
In addition to outlining priorities like increasing home ownership in the city and supporting a downtown convention center, the mayor announced the formation of a committee meant to better train Albany youth for degree programs and jobs in high-tech industries. Jennings says this group will draw on leadership from President Sullivan and University at Albany President George Philip, and make use of the expertise and resources of UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
In comments made to News Channel 13, President Sullivan said his assignment on the committee will be “to think of ways in which a new urban high school could be developed through the lens of college and university presidents and college and university viewpoints…higher education has to work with high schools to develop the kind of prepared students for tomorrow and that’s what we’re going to be doing.”
Albany High School – now required to improve student performance or face state sanctions – is expected to be a direct beneficiary of this new partnership. Speaking with the Albany Times Union, Albany schools spokesman Ron Lesko said “It’s those kind of resources coming together that are going to make the new Albany High School a gem these kids and this community can be proud of.”
What are your thoughts on Mayor Jennings’ latest plan for public education in the City of Albany? Is this collaboration the boost Albany High has been waiting for?