The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Board of Education announced at the July 29th meeting the appointment of Gerry Hudson as Superintendent of Schools for the district. His appointment is retroactive to July 1, 2009.
President Michael Hale, Sr. speaking on behalf of the APW Board of Education, praised Hudson for his more than 25 years of dedication and service to the students of the district saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“GerryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s proven leadership, his ability to unite the APW educational community with the community at large, and his vision for a strong, successful, and sustainable school district made him the standout choice for the superintendent position.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Prior to this permanent appointment, Hudson served as acting and interim superintendent for the district following former superintendent Deborah HaabÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s resignation.
Since assuming the superintendentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s duties in February, Hudson has worked closely with the APW Board of Education, school administrators, staff and community to reshape and realign the school district during challenging financial times. Together they made critical and difficult decisions that have moved the district to financial stability while maintaining academic opportunities for student success. An example includes the recent voter-approved budget, which after careful department-by-department examination and financial scrutiny, not only maintains academic programming and maximizes all revenues, it results in a one percent tax levy increase to district residents.
Also, the districtÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s capital project and move to a 2-building campus is progressing on schedule. Final construction plans will be submitted to the New York State Education Department (SED) for approval with construction slated to begin this spring. SED has commended the district for its visionary, yet difficult decision to explore and implement district consolidation. When asked about the future direction and capital project plan, Hudson said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have the opportunity of a generational lifetime to reshape APW. It is rare when a community can redefine and focus the direction of their school district. Change of this magnitude hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t occurred in educational communities since the Centralization Movement of the early 1960Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an exciting time for educators, parents, and the APW community. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m pleased to be a part of that.Ã¢â‚¬Â