Dr. Brian Bailey appointed as RCS superintendent of schools

Dr. Brian Bailey

“There are some great pages yet to turn.”

The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Board of Education voted unanimously June 6 to appoint Dr. Brian Bailey as the district’s new superintendent, effective July 1, 2017.

“I can’t be more excited to have your confidence to allow me to work for the RCS community,” Dr. Bailey said to the Board after being appointed. “The last seven years at RCS, with its challenges and accomplishments, have been very gratifying. I am so excited to see what this district does next.”

Dr. Bailey is currently in his fourth year as the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and served as the high school principal for three years.

Before coming to RCS, Dr. Bailey served as summer school and assistant high school principal in Guilderland and Schalmont. He began his teaching career in 1992 as a general music teacher and choral director at Farnsworth Middle School in the Guilderland School District. While teaching elementary, middle and high school music, he also worked as the bugler at the Saratoga Race Course for 10 years.

Setting an example of being a life-long learner, Dr. Bailey received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in music (with distinction) from the Crane School of Music and he recently completed his doctoral work at the Sage Colleges, with a focus in data-driven leadership behaviors in public schools throughout New York state.

“The longer I have been on the board, the more I realize that building relationships is paramount to success,” Board President James Latter said. “And I am not sure you will find a better relationship builder than Brian Bailey. I look forward to working with him to really take RCS to the next level. It is an exciting time in the district.”

Interim Superintendent Robert Libby and School Business Manager Joanne Moran praised Dr. Bailey’s work.

“It’s been my pleasure to work as closely as I have with Dr. Bailey,” Libby said. “I have learned a lot from him and I hope that I shared some things, as well. I am excited to see where he will lead the district.”

Moran added: “He makes us all better at what we do.”

In May, community stakeholder teams consisting of 19 parents, residents, business owners, faculty and staff members held interviews with Dr. Bailey and provided the Board with valuable feedback. The Board then conducted the final interview in early June before making the appointment.

Matt Miller, president of the RCS Teachers’ Association and a participant in the stakeholder groups, expressed his optimism about Dr. Bailey’s appointment.

“Having worked with Brian in various capacities in his time here,” Miller said, “I anticipate improved relationships that will lead to being able to innovate and improve instruction in the face of the difficult challenges the field of education faces in the years ahead.”

As for Dr. Bailey, he said he has ambitious goals for the district’s future.

“There are some great pages yet to turn.”