Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent of Schools
Secretary to the Superintendent
Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla is the newly appointed Superintendent of Schools. Pasquerilla was hired at the School Board Meeting held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. Pasquerilla previously worked in the Ambridge School District as the Assistant to the Superintendent and The Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from 2009-2012.
Before returning to Ambridge, Pasquerilla served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Bethel Park School District, a position he has held since July 2016. Prior to that appointment, he worked as the Superintendent of the Northgate School District for 4 years.
He began his teaching career in the West Middlesex Area School District in 2003, where he taught High School Social Studies until 2008. Following, he was appointed Principal of Northway Elementary School in the North Hills School District.
Dr. Pasquerilla also served as an Adjunct Instructor of Government at Butler County Community College from 2006-2008.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in 2002 from Youngstown State University; his Master of Science in Education in 2005 from Youngstown State University; and his Doctor of Education in April 2008 from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Westminster College. He is currently a member of the Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents.
“Serving as the Superintendent of Ambridge Area School District is an honor and privilege. I sincerely look forward to meeting students, teachers, families, and community members that comprise this great District. I am sincerely committed to upholding the important role of Superintendent with steadfast commitment and dedication” said Pasquerilla.
“I pride myself on being extremely visible and encourage you to take advantage of my open door policy. I genuinely look forward to working with each of you as we build a longstanding partnership, working side-by-side to ensure that Ambridge Area is a great place to learn and grow”.
Assistant to the Superintendent
Mr. Barry King currently holds the position of the Assistant to the Superintendent. He was hired as the Assistant Principal at the Senior High School in 2007. He has also served as the Principal at State Street in 2009, Director of Assessment and Special Projects in 2014, Director of Academic Affairs in 2018 and most recently the Substitute Superintendent in 2020.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education in 1997 from Slippery Rock University; his Master of Education in 2001 from Edinboro University; and his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Gannon University in 2012.
Mr. King resides in Beaver County with his wife and two children.
Director of Business and Operations
Keith Bielby served as the Business, Transportation, and Security Manager of the Ambridge Area School District since August of 2019. He was recently promoted to the Director of Business and Operations. As the manager of district operations, he develops and maintains the district’s $50 million budget. As part of his responsibilities, he manages over $6 million in bond payments, oversees the tax collection services, accounts for all grant funds and subsidies received by the district, directs the investments of the district and oversees the monthly reconciliation of all accounts. In addition, he manages the staff in the business office, transportation, and security departments.
Prior to coming to Ambridge Area, Mr. Bielby worked at the Moon Area and Center School Districts, holding positions as Staff Accountant and Director of Fiscal and School Services for 12 Years. Earlier in his career he spent 15 years in the airline business holding various customer service and management positions. He also spent 8 years serving in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Bielby currently serves as vice-president of the West Central Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials chapter. He also remains an active member and mentor for the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO), and has served on numerous PASBO committees, and local tax collection committees, and other charitable organizations.
Mr. Bielby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University and a Master of Business Administration from Point Park University.