Comptroller: Albany CSD using budget to cover 3 salaries while searching for new superintendent

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – NEWS10 ABC has done some digging to try and determine if the Albany City School District is paying too much to fill its vacant superintendent position.

In January, the district parted ways with Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard but agreed to pay the remainder of her salary. Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners said the district budgets for such settlements.

Until they can fill her position, Myers Middle School Principal Kimberly Wilkins has been serving as acting superintendent. But Conners said she will likely be making less than Dr. Vanden Wyngaard.

The district is also paying former superintendent Ray Colucciello to assist in the superintendent’s office. According to Conners, his salary is coming from a deputy superintendent position that is currently vacant.

“The issue is very easy to cloud by putting these things together,” Conners said. “But when you look at this budgetarily, the district is paying one person to be superintendent, and I think that’s pretty clear.”

Conners said while it looks like a waste of money at first glance, all the money is coming from somewhere in the budget and not costing taxpayers more than what would have been spent in other ways.

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