O’Meally stepping down as AHS Principal, Wood appointed interim

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AHS Principal Tyrone O’Meally presents a diploma to a member of the Class of 2021 during commencement last June.

The Greater Amsterdam School District announces that Amsterdam High School Principal Tyrone O’Meally is stepping down to accept another position outside the district effective January 14.

After three years at GASD, he will become the Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Schenectady City School District.

In his place, the GASD Board of Education has appointed Bryan Wood as Interim Amsterdam High School Principal for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.

“I will truly miss Amsterdam schools,” O’Meally said. “I was embraced by the students, teachers, staff and parents. During my tenure, we accomplished great things and I look forward to hearing more about the continued success of the high school. I will always be grateful for the opportunity that I was given, and for that, Amsterdam will always have a special place in my heart.”

GASD Superintendent of School Richard Ruberti said the search process for a permanent successor is expected to begin in March with building-level input into the hiring process.

“Tyrone and the leadership he’s shown especially during the challenges of a pandemic will be sorely missed by everyone in this school district,” Ruberti said. “He helped change the culture of the building, improve opportunities for our students and made people better. We wish him well in his new opportunity in Schenectady.”

Meet Bryan Wood

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Bryan Wood

Bryan Wood’s educational career spans more than 35 years and includes experiences in both urban and rural communities. He has worked to support at-risk students and create several alternative learning programs including alternatives to student suspensions and create restorative justice opportunities. 

Before joining the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) in 2020, he served as a middle and high school science teacher (25 years at RCS), high school dean of students (5 years at RCS) and high school assistant principal and principal (10 years at Cohoes).

During his career he also coached student athletes in football, basketball, baseball, cross-country, tennis and golf. He also served as NYSPHSAA Section 2 Golf Coordinator for 5 years. 

Today, Wood is a coach and mentor in CASDA’s coaching program. He also serves as a college student teaching supervisor to SUNY-Oneonta, SUNY-Albany and the College of Saint Rose.