SCHUYLERVILLE – Gregg Barthelmas, a 23-year veteran of the Schuylerville Central School District, was appointed on Monday by the Board of Education to serve as the next superintendent of Schools.
Barthelmas, who is currently the district’s director of Pupil Personnel Services, said his long history in Schuylerville and good relationships within the district enables him to continue Schuylerville’s strong track record and help students and staff navigate the challenges of emerging from the pandemic.
“People expect you to continue to forge what [outgoing Superintendent] Dr. [Ryan] Sherman and the district have forged to this day. You don’t want to regress. You just want to keep it going,” Barthelmas said.
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Schuylerville Central School District is in good standing, with its more than 1,500 students having a 96% 4-year graduation rate and a 95% attendance rate, according to New York State Education Department data.
Top goals include ensuring the district continues to secure grant funding and making sure that students feel supported, Barthelmas said.
“It’s making sure students are doing everything they can for academics, but also for their social-emotional well-being. Sometimes it’s hard for kids to cope these days, so that’s a big focus of ours,” Barthelmas said.
Barthelmas, who will begin his duties on October 1 after first spending a month as the deputy superintendent, will replace Superintendent Sherman, who is leaving the district after more than 12 years to serve as executive director of Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc., according to the school district.
Barthelmas’ initial salary will be $167,000 with a contract running through June 30, 2026, according to the district.
“While Gregg will be new to the superintendency, he is not new to Schuylerville, having spent 23 of his 24 years in public education in this school district,” said Michael Bodnar, president of the Board of Education, in a news release. “Gregg has worked tirelessly throughout his tenure in Schuylerville and is widely known throughout the district as a respected, passionate and collaborative leader, who never allows the focus to drift away from where it belongs—the best interests of all students. Over the past few years, he has continued to thrive when given increased responsibilities involving complex issues, while maintaining his strong ability to help people reach their potential.”
Barthelmas, who has a bachelor’s in special education and a master’s in reading from The College of Saint Rose, first came to the Schuylerville district in 1998 as a special education teacher, working with Life Skills students. In the more than two decades since, he has worked as a consultant special education teacher in the middle school and Dean of Students for grades 7 through 12. In 2007, he was promoted to an administrator as the Jr./Sr. High School assistant principal, and in 2010 he was named the Elementary School principal, a job he had for nine years, according to the district. Barthelmas became the district’s director of Pupil Personnel Services in 2019.
He lives in Gansevoort with his wife, Amy, and three children in grades 7, 10 and 12.
Barthelmas holds three state certifications: School District Administrator, Reading K-12 and Special Education K-12. He also successfully completed the Future Superintendents Academy at the New York State Council of School Superintendents in 2018, according to the district. He is a member of the National Association of Secondary Principals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, School Administrators Association of New York State and Council for Exceptional Children.
The district began its superintendent search in February with James Dexter, district superintendent of the WSWHE BOCES Supervisory District, sending an application to six Schuylerville district employees who hold a School District Leader or School District Administrator certification – the qualification needed for the superintendent job.
Barthelmas was the only applicant, according to the district.
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“At the beginning of the search, the board indicated to me that the internal search must be rigorous in nature to ensure that they got this right,” Dexter, who coordinated the search on behalf of the district, said in a news release.
Barthelmas was interviewed by the Board of Education, as well as two advisory committees made up of parents, community members, faculty, administrators, staff and students, according to the district. Board members also received feedback from the advisory committees and reviewed more than 1,000 community surveys to help understand the school community’s vision of its next leader, according to the district.
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