COHOES, N.Y. >> Cohoes City School District superintendent Jennifer Spring is among fewer than two dozen of her peers nationwide recently to be recognized as a ‘superintendent to watch’ this school year by a national organization.
The National School Public Relations Association chose Spring for its list of 21 superintendents based on criteria “demonstrating dynamic leadership with a strong emphasis on communication,” according to a news release from the organization. Spring was one of three superintendents from New York state to be recognized.
“I am extremely humbled to receive this recognition,” Spring said last week. “As a new superintendent who was also new to Cohoes, this honor validates the work we’ve been doing to transform our school district into one of the highest achieving in area.”
Since coming to the district in April 2015, Spring said she has worked collaboratively to mold a new mission and vision for the district to prepare students for success in tomorrow’s world. She also set as a goal becoming one of the highest achieving school districts in the Capital Region.
“When I asked my leadership team ‘What do we want to be?’ we all unapologetically uttered that we wanted to be one of the best school districts around,” she said, pointing out the district’s graduation rate at that time was third-lowest in the area.
One key to reaching those goals was combating chronic absenteeism throughout the district. Using a variety of communication tools, from videos to tweets, the district launched the Every Minute Matters attendance campaign to bring awareness to the community about the importance of attending school regularly.