New Gridley School District Superintendent Rick Rubino has jumped into his new position running full speed as he prepares for the start of the 2012-13 school year.

New Gridley School District Superintendent Rick Rubino has jumped into his new position running full speed as he prepares for the start of the 2012-13 school year. Among his first tasks as the new head man has been the hiring of 14 teachers, overseeing the maintenance issues which are a summer staple in school districts, not to mention the personal tasks of selling a home, buying a new home locally, relocating his family. However, Rubino is quick to point out he has had a great beginning.
    “The people and staff here at Gridley have been fantastic,” said Rubino. “It has been a pleasure getting to know everyone, and everyone at the district has been very welcoming and open to the ideas I am bringing, and I am working to adapt to some of the routines which have been in place here for many years. I have made a few changes here and there, such as upgrading the districts letterhead which gives it a more professional look.”
    One of the issues all superintendents deal with during the summer months is the issues surrounding building and maintenance. The district office has been undergoing a makeover this summer because of dry-rot and termite issues.
    “We had to tear up four feet off the ground to fight the issues of dry-rot and termites,” said Rubino. Then we had to put new siding up, and of course siding only comes in beige so now we are in the painting stage and then it will be finished.”
    When asked what are some of the big tasks which lay ahead of him, Rubino pointed out the immediate need to hire a new principal at Sycamore School to replace out-going principal Christine McCormick who just accepted a new position with the Butte County Office of Education.
    “We will be doing interviews the week of the sixth and possibly the thirteenth of August,” says Rubino. “Then we have our opening breakfast at the Guardian Building on the 20th with a few days of training before the fair begins Thursday. Then Monday the 27 the school year begins.”
    Always working, Rubino is quick to point out the advantages of working only six blocks from home.For the rest of this story, please pick up a 8/1/12 edition of The Gridley Herald.