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Bill Wetherbee

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Bill Wetherbee

Superintendent of Schools at South Glens Falls from 1969 to 1988, William “Bill” Wetherbee expanded athletic opportunities for all students, established the first programs for gifted and talented students, and oversaw the opening of the Ballard and Tanglewood Elementary Schools. He remains a well-respected and active member of the local community.

A native of Fort Edward, Bill graduated from Fort Edward High School in 1950. A standout athlete, he led the Forts to a three Northern Conference basketball championship, and remains one of the top players ever to there.

He went on to Hamilton College, where he played varsity basketball for four years, was the first freshman in school history to be named the team’s most valuable player, and served as co-captain for two years. Bill graduated from Hamilton in 1954 and served in the Army for two years. He then received his teaching and administration degrees from the University at Albany, and began his teaching career at South High in 1958 while also serving as junior varsity basketball coach. In 1962, he was appointed principal of the Junior High School, and served in that capacity until 1967, when he was appointed assistant superintendent. In 1969, he was appointed superintendent, succeeding Chet Ostrander.

“Bill Wetherbee is a born leader,” said Don Woodworth, who succeeded Mr. Wetherbee as Junior High School Principal. “As District Superintendent of the South Glens Falls Central School District, he led with professional competence, was sensitive to the needs of faculty, staff and students, and was committed to excellence in education.”

Mr. Wetherbee has stayed involved in local athletics in retirement. He has served on the State High School Basketball Committee for 20 years, announcing and scoring as well as compiling the tournament’s comprehensive annual program. In 2009, he was honored by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association for his work with the high school basketball championships.

Bill and his wife, Judy, have two children. Ellen is married to Steve McDevitt, and they have two children, Connor and Andy. His son Bill is married to his wife, Robbin.

“Bill treated everyone with respect, was supportive of his colleagues, decisive, an excellent communicator and good listener,” Mr. Woodworth continued. “He always gave you his fullest attention! Our school district and community can be proud of Bill’s many contributions as a leader dedicated to quality education and as a respected community ambassador.”