Standing outside Howe Elementary School, Anibal Soler Jr., the new Schenectady schools superintendent, greeted students with a smile and a book recommendation.
On his second day on the job, Soler dropped by the summer enrichment program at Howe as the district bookmobile visited to give students a chance to check out books. After spending Monday in one-on-one meetings with top district officials, it was his first chance to interact with district students as the district’s new leader.
“Are you ready to play or picking out books?” he asked as some students sprinted past the books, headed straight for the playground.
As one student examined the cover of Sulwe, a picture book by the actress Lupita Nyong’o, Soler offered his two cents. “This is a good one, a good book. It’s by an actress,” he said.
Some of the young students were as interested in Soler as they were in the literary options. One girl pulled at his red tie, while another…