Superintendent named for Margaretville Central School

By Brian Sweeney
Anthony Albanese of Scotia has been hired as the superintendent of the Margaretville Central School District.
Mr. Albanese was selected from more than 40 candidates who applied for the position. He will succeed John Riedl whose retirement becomes effective July 1. Mr. Riedl has been MCS superintendent since 2002.
Mr. Albanese comes to MCS from the Scotia-Glenville Central School District where he has been the director of pupil personnel since 2002.
His career in education began in 1979 when he was hired as a social worker and counselor at the Wildwood School in Schenectady. Mr. Albanese later worked as principal of the Young Adult Program and then as executive director of the education program.
He had previously worked as a counselor for the Rensselaer County Mental Health Center.
Mr. Albanese received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire. He earned a master of science degree in counseling from the State University College at Oneonta. He also received a certificate in advanced study in counselor education and family therapy from SUCO. In addition, Mr. Albanese has taken courses at the State University College at Albany, the College of Saint Rose and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
The new superintendent and his wife, Barbara, will be relocating to the area. They are the parents of an adult son.
MCS Board President Al Tanzer commented, “We had many qualified people who applied for this position. We think Mr. Albanese will be an excellent superintendent.”
The MCS Board of Education began its search for a new superintendent last fall, shortly after Mr. Riedl announced his intention to retire.
The school’s search committee was made up of the board of education, MCS personnel and members of the public. Dr. Marie Wiles, district superintendent of the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES, assisted in the search.
As part of the search process, five candidates were interviewed by the board of education. From these, the list of candidates was narrowed down to three finalists.
These candidates were invited to MCS on different days in late April. Each person spent a day in the district meeting with faculty, staff and students. During the evening the public was invited to meet the candidates and ask them questions.