Message From Superintendent Adams
I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that I am honored to have been chosen as your Superintendent of Schools. It is an amazing district, and a privilege to continue my work with the school community to carry on the valued traditions, and prepare students for college and career, with a world class education.
As I begin the process of entering my new role, I want to learn as much as possible about how you view the district; including the district’s strengths, challenges and opportunities, and most importantly, how we can best prepare our students for college, career, and citizenship. To this end, I have established an Entry Plan, which will provide the opportunity for me to listen to the many voices in the district, learn from all of you, and introduce myself to those of you who do not know me. I have structured a number of ways for students, parents, faculty, and staff to share with me their insights into our schools and the district as a whole.
For all members of the community, I will be creating an online survey that should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. This survey will be sent out to all members of the school community in September. I hope that in addition to completing this survey you will consider meeting with me in person at a community forum so we can get to know each other better and discuss some important questions in person. There are two meeting dates for attendees to choose from. They are Wednesday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 17, at10 a.m. The meetings will be held at the school and the room will be posted on the district’s website.
In addition to continuing to getting to know the Salem community and establishing priorities, we are developing plans for
Phase II of our capital project. The priorities for this phase are Safety and Accessibility. A public forum to discuss Phase II is scheduled for Monday, September 26 at 6 p.m., and I hope that you will consider joining us. This meeting will also be held at the school and the room will be posted on the district’s website.
Finally, as we approach the new school year, I hope that you will join me in welcoming our new administrators, faculty ,and staff to the Salem community. We have a great team assembled and I look forward to our work together with the entire Salem community. As we continue to work on initiatives, including a new elementary reading program, a K-8 STEAM lab, multiple tiered systems of support (MTSS) for students, and setting goals in response to our recent special education audit, we will focus on building community. A culture of collaboration at all levels will help inform and focus our work at the district and building levels. We will communicate opportunities with you along the way, and I hope that you will consider participating as your schedule permits.
The new school year is right around the corner. I am excited to welcome students back and hope to see you soon at our beginning of the year events. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our administrators or me.
Julie A. Adams, Superintendent of Schools
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Meet Superintendent Adams
Ms. Adams has nearly 22 years experience in education. She began her career in education as a secondary math teacher in
Scotia-Glenville, Waterford, and then Ballston Spa. She has held administrative positions in Gloversville ESD, and Hoosic Valley CSD. Ms. Adams has been with Salem CSD since July 2019, serving as the Jr./Sr. High School Principal. Prior to entering the education field she was a store manager for Hannaford. Ms. Adams is a graduate of the University at Albany, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Minor in Business; a Master’s of Science in Education from Sage Graduate School; and she holds Certificates in Advanced Study in School Building and School District Leadership from College of St. Rose. Having served the district for the past three years, she said the sense of community and pride in the school is inspiring. One of her many goals for the upcoming school year is to get to know all members of the school community, and to learn what is going well, and what needs to be improved to continue moving Salem’s students forward to prepare them for their future. Ms. Adams lives with her fiance Rich, and their cat, Minnie. They split their time between their home in Troy and their camp at Lake Lauderdale. Their favorite time of year is the camping season, when they can spend time outdoors in this beautiful area. Ms. Adams also enjoys gardening, traveling whenever possible, and spending time with their three sons Luke 21; Owen 24; Richie 27; and their extended family.