Ruberti named to lead GASD

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Richard Ruberti

AMSTERDAM — The Wheelerville Union Free School District’s Superintendent of Schools has been named to head up the Greater Amsterdam School District starting this summer.

Richard Ruberti Jr., was appointed by the Amsterdam school board Tuesday. He will assume the superintendent’s position in Amsterdam beginning July 1, with a three-year contract.

Ruberti will replace current Interim Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, who has been leading the district since Vicma Ramos left the position last year to become the district superintendent for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.

A Gloversville native, Ruberti has served as the Wheelerville superintendent for the last eight years. Prior to Wheelerville, he was the assistant principal and then co-principal of Ballston Spa Middle School for seven years. Before beginning his administrative career, he taught business education and economics at Ballston Spa High School and business education in the Greenwich Central School District. He also worked for four years for the Healthcare Association of New York state, where he was a licensed financial advisor providing educational programs on corporate pension accounts and retirement plans.

“I am excited and honored to have been chosen as the new superintendent for the Greater Amsterdam School District,” Ruberti said in a news release. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the school board, staff, parents and community to build an exceptional educational program while forging innovative partnerships to enhance opportunities for students. I’m committed to ensuring that all students have the ability to reach their full potential while becoming productive members of an ever-changing global society. I truly believe that the Amsterdam community and district are poised for unprecedented positive growth, and I am thrilled that I will be able to be an integral part of the process.”

HFM BOCES District Superintendent David Ziskin, who served as the search consultant for Amsterdam, said Ruberti’s broad perspective and extensive knowledge made him the top candidate.

“With nearly a decade of experience as superintendent in a high needs school district, Mr. Ruberti has the ability, experience and vision to lead Amsterdam schools to their fullest potential,” Ziskin said. “His background as a leader in a smaller district gave him the opportunity to perform every function and allowed him to develop a strong and unique understanding of all school district operations including curriculum, technology integration, teaching and learning, fiscal administration, policy implementation, and more.”

A lifelong area resident, Ruberti has ties to Amsterdam. His grandparents grew up in the city and his father was a former coach at Bishop Scully High School.

Ruberti attended the State University of New York at Cortland where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also earned a master’s degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose and his school district administrative credentials at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, Mass.

He lives in the town of Mayfield with his wife, Katrina, and their teenage son and daughter.

By Patricia Older

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