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Central Valley Academy principal honored

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Renee Rudd, the high school principal of Central Valley Academy, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the James E. Allen Award by the School Administrators Association of New York State.

The award is given annually to a SAANYS member who is a secondary school administrator, supervisor or coordinator who has made significant contributions to education and leadership at the secondary school level and service to the community and professional organizations, including SAANYS.

Rudd has served as a school administrator for more than 25 years. Although she has held her current position for 10 years, this is her first year leading the new Central Valley Academy, which developed out of the merger between the Mohawk and Ilion school districts.

Among Rudd's contributions to leading a successful transition, she had a kickoff celebration on the first day of school that included a ribbon cutting and introductions of new staff.

"Through her efforts, both faculty and students at CVA have come together as a model for the combination of two high schools," said Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra.

Rudd has also increased the number of advanced placement offerings and business classes, made arrangements to bring a Junior ROTC Program to the school and is working to introduce a STEM/STEAM program.

Rudd earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Syracuse University and her advanced degree in educational administration from SUNY Oswego.

She will be honored for her accomplishments at an awards ceremony on May 9 at the Century House in Latham, N.Y.

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