Robert K. Libby, who was named as RCS interim superintendent on May 26, has been given a three-year contract as superintendent.
His contract was unanimously approved by the Board of Education tonight during the board’s re-organizational meeting. Member William McFerran was absent.
Before retiring in April, he served as superintendent of the Cohoes School District for seven years. Before that, he was the Cohoes assistant superintendent for business and operations for 15 years.
His appointment was effective from June 23, 2015 until June 30, 2018. He will be paid $600 for each day worked and he is not eligible to receive benefits.
He succeeded Dr. Alan McCartney, who died on May 8.
“I’m working hard to fill the shoes that were vacated and to keep us moving forward,” Libby told board members. Several board members thanked him for his service so far.
Libby, 65, retired as the Cohoes superintendent in April. From November 1993 to June 2008, he served as the assistant superintendent for business and operations at Cohoes.
He received a bachelor of art’s degree in history and a master of arts degree in political science from the University of Maine at Orono. He pursued a Ph.D. in political science from Emory University and obtained a certificate of advanced study in educational administration from the University of Maine at Orono in 1988.
The New York State Senate honored Libby in April upon his retirement. That resolution noted that Libby “has continually demonstrated an impressive dedication, an unparalleled devotion and an unremitting enthusiasm for the quality of the educational programs and opportunities offered in the Cohoes City School District for the benefit of its faculty and students, as well as for the entire community.”
In addition, Libby was a “passionate advocate for the students and community of Cohoes” and “has represented Cohoes on a number of issues, and takes great pride in his role of improving the school building conditions.”
Prior to Cohoes, Libby served as a part-time instructor in the Department of Political Science at Emory University and was an instructor in the Social Science Division at the Oxford College of Emory University; he also served as an Issues Analyst in the Special Projects Section for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
From July 1983 to June 1989, Libby held the position of administrative assistant to the superintendent of schools in Topsham, Maine; from August 1989 to 1993, he served as the Assistant Superintendent for Business Services in the Greater Johnstown School
From March 1980 to June 1983, Libby served as Town Manager, Treasurer, Tax Collector, General Assistance Administrator, and Road Commissioner for the Town of Bowdoinham, Maine.
He has been active with the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) and the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA). He was a founding member in 1994 of CASHIC – Capital Area Schools Health Insurance Consortium – and served on the CASHIC board of directors for 18 years.
In addition, he served on the board of trustees for the NYS Public Schools Statewide Workers’ Compensation Trust – a consortium of school districts that work together to reduce workers’ compensation costs.
During his last three years as superintendent of Cohoes, Libby chaired the Superintendent’s Legislative Committee through the Capital Region BOCES. During his last year, he was chairman emeritus of the Legislative Committee.
He and his wife, Joan, live in Ballston Spa and have three children, Nellie, Bonnie and Kelsey, as well as three granddaughters and one grandson.
McCartney served as the RCS interim superintendent from October 2012 until his death from a heart attack on May 8.