Robinson honored as state's top superintendent
CLIFTON PARK The Shenendehowa Central School District superintendent has been named the state’s Superintendent of the Year.
The New York State Council of School Superintendents announced the award Thursday for L. Oliver Robinson, who will officially get the honor in February at the American Association of School Administrators’ national conference in Los Angeles.
Shenendehowa school board President Mary Blaauboer nominated Robinson. He has been superintendent since 2005 at the district, which has more than 9,800 students.
Shenendehowa is consistently ranked as one of the top school districts in the state, the Superintendents Council said, noting Robinson’s achievements as including standardizing the district’s curricula and monitoring student performance, serving students with special needs, boosting the number of college-level, advanced placement and honors courses, celebrating diversity, environmentally friendly policies, effective budgeting and upgrading buildings.
“Dr. Robinson is a strong voice for students across New York state,” said James T. Langlois, the council’s president and district superintendent of Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES. “He is an involved leader on the local, state and national level always keeping children’s interests at the heart of his decision-making.”
Robinson said serving in education is about helping children realize their dreams.
“Public education is about hope and hopefulness. It is about inspiring a sense of inquisitiveness in our children.”
He and his wife, Tammy Ellis-Robinson, reside in Clifton Park with their three children: Oliver, Erik and Geneive.
Prior to joining the Shenendehowa district he was superintendent of the Mohonasen Central School District.