AMSTERDAM — The Greater Amsterdam School District on Tuesday named Richard Ruberti Jr., the current superintendent of Wheelerville Union Free School District, as the Amsterdam’s district’s next leader.
Ruberti is set to replace Interim Superintendent Raymond Colucciello on July 1, the official business start of next school year. Colucciello has been leading the district in an interim role since former Superintendent Vicky Ramos took a position running a BOCES district last year.
The school board acted on Ruberti’s appointment during a virtual board meeting Tuesday night, but due to technical difficulties the meeting did not stream live to the public, said Craig Clark, a spokesman with HFM-BOCES, as is required under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order suspending certain open meeting requirements. Clark said the board planned to hold the meeting again at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The board also approved the BOCES budget, which along with Ruberti’s appointment they will act on again Wednesday.
Ruberti, a Gloversville native, has led the small Wheelerville district for eight years; prior to his time in Wheelerville, Ruberti was an assistant principal and co-principal of Ballston Spa Middle School.
He taught business and economics courses at Ballston Spa High School and in the Greenwich Central School district before pursuing his administrative career. Prior to his work as an educator, Ruberti spent four years working as a licensed financial adviser for the Healthcare Association of New York State.
“I am excited and honored to have been chosen as the new superintendent for the Greater Amsterdam School District,” he said in a prepared statement. “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.”
Ruberti earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in elementary education from the The College of Saint Rose. He has been a lifelong resident of the region: his grandparents grew up in Amsterdam, and his dad was a former coach at Bishop Scully High School. Ruberti lives in Mayfield with his wife, Katrina, and their teenage son and daughter.