SCHENECTADY — Dennis Green, a longtime Schenectady City School District administrator, has been tapped to serve as principal of Schenectady’s next high school after spending the past eight months in the acting role.

Last week, the district school board unanimously confirmed Green’s appointment, which will take effect July 1. Green, who has held various positions and won numerous awards since joining the district 17 years ago, has served as the high school’s acting principal since last October.

“I am honored to have been selected for this important role and to lead our school filled with incredible teachers, staff, students and families,” Green said in a statement. “My vision for learning is based on understanding the impact of trauma and the need to create protective factors in the school system to better support our young people. »

Green will replace Christopher Chank, the school’s executive director, who will take on a new role as cohort director for the district’s satellite campuses at the Proctors Theater and SUNY Schenectady beginning next school year.

The additional campuses are the first phase of the district’s secondary education overhaul, which focuses on creating educational and career pathways for all students.

Superintendent Anibal Soler Jr., in a statement, said Green “stood out and above” during the interview process and has an “unwavering commitment” to students that aligns with district goals. .

“He knows and relates to our students, staff and families. He’s connected and it’s clear he has the dedication, experience, skills and connections to move our high school forward,” Soler said. “Green is an advocate for our students. It is aligned with our vision. He listens and has an unwavering commitment to ensuring the success of the young people of Schenectady.

A community care specialist and foster care worker for nearly a decade, Green came to the district in 2005 as a student counselor, serving as a substitute counselor on suspension at Mount Pleasant Middle School, then as a K-12 counselor. at the Washington Irving Educational Center.

In 2011, he was named assistant principal at Washington Irving, where he helped oversee day-to-day operations and created alternative programming for marginalized students.

While in the district, Green co-founded Boys Day Out, a Schenectady youth enrichment program, which won him the Schenectady County Human Rights Award. Green has also received the Black and Latino Achievers Award from the Capital District YMCA as well as the Honorary Rising Star Award from the Hispanic Coalition.

He is also involved in the district’s My Brothers Keeper program.

A graduate of Southern Vermont College and Sage Colleges, Green said he plans to focus on ensuring equity for all students through teamwork, which he says is key to ensuring success. students.

“As someone who has been part of many teams throughout their life, I understand that a leader must recognize the strengths of their team members and use each person’s skills and strengths to achieve their best success,” said he declared. “The last eight months at Schenectady High School have proven to me that while we can be successful as individuals, our students will only win if we come together to work as a team.”

Contact journalist Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

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