Queensbury Superintendent Dr. Douglas Huntley announces his retirement

After more than a decade of service in the Queensbury Union Free School District, Dr. Douglas Huntley has announced his decision to retire from the superintendency effective Jan. 31, 2020.

Prior to coming to Queensbury in 2008, Dr. Huntley served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Massena Central School District and the Hadley-Luzerne Central School District. In total, he has 43 years of experience in public education, with 30 of those years dedicated to the superintendency. Dr. Huntley began his career as a teacher and then principal in Vermont before returning to his home state of New York. He received his Ed.D from the Sage Graduate School of Educational Leadership in Albany, his Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from the University of Vermont, and his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in education from Norwich University in Vermont.

Under Dr. Huntley’s leadership, the Queensbury Union Free School District has been consistently ranked as an academically high-performing school while maintaining one of the lowest per pupil expenditures in the state by the Albany Business Review. He has led the district in various school improvement initiatives, including the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, Project Lead the Way program and Early College Career Academy (ECCA) program offerings, to name a few. Over the past six years, Dr. Huntley spearheaded The Legacy 2020 Capital Project. Through an extensive process, involving parents, students, community and industry leaders, school board members, students, administrators, district employees, retirees, and non-parent residents, Dr. Huntley guided the vision to reorganize and renovate the structure of Queensbury High School. A ribbon-cutting is being planned for this fall.

“The Board of Education is extremely grateful for the leadership and service Dr. Huntley has provided the Queensbury Union Free School District,” said Dr. Jill Borgos, Board of Education President. “Dr. Huntley’s contributions to the district, the community and to New York State public education will leave an indelible mark. We felt fortunate 12 years ago that Dr. Huntley decided to join the Queensbury School District community and we are fortunate that he chose to remain with the district until the time of his retirement. We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”

The Board of Education is in the process of developing the search process and timeline for Dr. Huntley’s replacement and should have its plan completed by the end of this month. Once completed and approved, the Board will advise the public of the content of the search process and timeline. For the upcoming academic year, Dr. Huntley says he remains fully committed to his continued efforts to create the very best learning opportunities for all Queensbury students.

“I have felt honored and privileged to be part of this incredibly outstanding school district,” said Superintendent Huntley. “Each and every day at Queensbury, I continue to feel great excitement and energy from the opportunity of working with our entire education community and the Board of Education in our ongoing efforts to create the very finest public schools possible. My greatest rewards have come from the result of witnessing the highly valued, important and essential work in shaping bright and rewarding futures for Queensbury children and young adults. While I would like to continue my work with parents, faculty, staff, students and the Queensbury community for many more years, time has a way of creating different chapters in our lives and it is time for me to start a new one. I am so grateful that my decision to retire is for all of the right reasons and coincides with the school district’s healthy and positive momentum.”

View a letter Dr. Huntley sent to parents and families in Queensbury schools.