Principal's Message

Albany Community:

I begin this journey as Superintendent of Albany Unified School District in a climate of exciting change, and I can’t wait to start! With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards that requires universal standards for all students, I am confident that AUSD will continue its tradition of academic excellence for which Albany is well-known. The AUSD Board of Trustees and district staff have created strategic initiatives and goals that are focused on student achievement, supporting the whole child and effective communication with all stakeholders.

I am also excited to join a district that has a long history of providing a safe and nurturing environment, and one that focuses on providing a well-rounded education for our students. From quality music and art programs and strong educational technology to librarians in each of our schools and highly qualified science and physical education specialists, the students in Albany are provided a rich learning environment preparing them for 21st Century learning.

I began my career as a middle school English and Speech teacher in Hawaii in 1985 then moved to California where I taught high school English at Valley Christian High School in San Jose and 11 years in the East Side Union High School District.

I have extensive experience as a site administrator, beginning as an Associate Principal at Independence High School in San Jose in 1998 and then spending five years as the Principal of Wood Middle School in Alameda.

I transitioned to the Fremont Unified School District, where I served as both the Director of Student Services and the Director of Certified Personnel. I currently serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the Dublin Unified School District, where I oversee hiring, recruitment, evaluation and personnel administration for one of the fastest-growing school districts in Northern California.

My leadership style is based on trust, respect, collaboration, empowering others, and good old fashioned hard work. I am also a firm believer in supporting the health and wellness of our Albany staff and know the value of balancing work with family, outside activities and personal growth. While I am not the poster child for practicing a well-balanced life, in my spare time, I am an avid runner and yoga practitioner.

I spent five (5) exchange days at AUSD during the months of May & June and thoroughly enjoyed my brief visits and tours of the school sites (see photos). I spent the remainder of my time gathering operational knowledge from staff at the District Office. I officially took office on July 1st.

Meetings with students, staff, parents, and the community are scheduled, and the tentative schedule is listed below.

• 8/12/14 – 6:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting – (1st Board-Hosted Reception with the Community)
• 8/25/14 - 12:00 Noon - All Staff BBQ
• 8/25/14 - 2:00 p.m. – Dessert with the Community
• 8/22, 23, & 25 –Site Orientations (TBD)
• 8/26/14 – 6:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting - (2nd Board-Hosted Reception with the Community)

I look forward to taking on the leadership as the Superintendent!

Valerie Williams


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District Information

2014-2015 AUSD Calendar - APPROVED
The Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 AUSD Calendar on November 26, 2013. (click for info)
2014/2015 New Student Enrollment
2015-2016 AUSD Calendar - APPROVED
The Board of Education approved the 2015-2016 AUSD Calendar on May 27, 2014. (click for info)
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News and Announcements

Help is needed! Baylor is in need of a marrow donor.
Last week we received word that one of AUSD's students recently had a relapse of Leukemia. The family is asking for our help to spread the word about his need for a bone marrow match. Click here to read the message that is going out to the AUSD community. Please help spread the word. Thank you!
2014-2015 AUSD Calendar - APPROVED
The Board of Education approved the 2014-2015 AUSD Calendar on November 26, 2013. (click for info)
Board of Education - Three (3) Seats Available in the November 2014 Election (click for more info)
(Candidates Must File between July 14th and August 8th)
Go to the "School Board" section above for complete information - including how to access the City of Albany’s website for election information under "Resources for Prospective Board Members".
FAQ's Facilities Projects Summer 2014 (click for info)
See update below dated 7/7/14.

Q. What are Albany Unified School District’s (AUSD’s) planned Summer 2014 Facilities Projects?

A. 1) Albany High School Remodeling; 2) Mac Gregor High School Demolition; 3) Albany Middle School modular classroom(s) installation; 4) Ocean View Elementary School modular classroom installation, 5) Marin Elementary School modular classroom installation; and 6) Cornell Elementary School modular classroom installation.

(see PDF below)
Press Release - Albany Board of Education Appoints Valerie Williams Superintendent (click for info)

Press Release - Albany Board of Education Appoints Valerie Williams Superintendent (click for info) A "New Superintendent Section" with additional information on meet & greets, Val's bio, etc., is located on the left hand side of the home page on the AUSD website.
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Upcoming Events

Board of Education Meeting
Date: 8/12/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Albany, CA 94706
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 8/26/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Albany, CA 94706
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 9/9/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Albany, CA 94706
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 9/23/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Albany, CA 94706
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 10/14/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Albany, CA 94706

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