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Message from the Board of Education

April 13, 2022


The Salem Central School District Board of Education is pleased to announce its intent to appoint Julie Adams as Superintendent of Schools at a regular meeting of the Board on Wednesday, April 26, 2022. Adams currently serves as the Jr./Sr. High School Principal, a position she has held for the past 2 ½ years.


Board President Anne Dunigan said, “The Board is very pleased that Julie Adams will be Salem’s next superintendent. Our goal, working in collaboration with school staff and community, was to find a leader who would value our traditions, yet be a progressive leader with vision and drive to help our district flourish. We feel Ms. Adams is that leader. She is a strong communicator and values collaboration on all levels. We feel she will be a leader who will look not only to include administrators, teachers, and staff, but the larger community in decision making. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing the progress our district will make over the next few years with her leadership.”


The Board is offering Adams an initial salary of $152,000. She is expected to begin her duties on Wednesday, July 1, 2022.


Ms. Adams has been with the Salem Central School District since 2019 as the Jr./ Sr. High School Principal. From 2016-2019 she was the Jr./Sr. High School Principal in the Hoosic Valley Central School District. From 2014-2016 she served as an Assistant Principal in the Gloversville Middle School. She also served as a high school math teacher for Ballston Spa, Waterford-Halfmoon and Scotia-Glenville School Districts.


Adams said “I have been fortunate to spend the last three years in this district as the Jr./Sr. High School Principal. I have come to understand how important Salem Washington Academy is to the community as a whole. I am excited to continue to work collaboratively with students, parents, faculty, staff and the community to continue valued traditions as well as prepare our students for success in college, career and citizenship.”


Adams earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Business Administration at the State University of New York at Albany, a Master of Science in Secondary Education from Sage Graduate School, and Certificates of Advanced Study at The College of St. Rose. She holds the following NYS certifications: Mathematics Teacher, School District Leader, and School Building Leader.


WSWHE BOCES District Superintendent James Dexter, who coordinated the search on behalf of the district, said, “I commend the Salem Board for putting together an effective and comprehensive search, involving the community and staff throughout the process. It was obvious from the start of the search that the Board, staff and community take great pride in their district.  They clearly wanted a candidate who could build on Salem’s traditions, but also, bring a sense of vision to help the district forward. The district is well positioned for a strong future.”


Adams will replace Interim Superintendent Mark Doody. Ms. Adams enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, gardening and enjoying everything the area has to offer while camping near Lake Lauderdale in Cambridge, NY.