South Colonie mourns the loss of longstanding bus driver 

With sorrow, the South Colonie Central School District community is mourning the loss of a member of the transportation department. Heidi Rukwid passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 31.

Heidi was a longstanding bus driver for South Colonie starting her career in 2009. Having worked with students and staff in nearly every building, Heidi will always be remembered as a dedicated and hard-working employee with a warm smile and a good sense of humor. 

“Heidi was one of five athletic drivers for the district and has probably driven most if not all of our athletic teams,” said Transportation Director Peter Tunny. “She was a dependable driver, always stepped up to help out in any way that she could, and took pride in interacting with the students she drove daily.  It is a great loss for everyone who knew her.”

During this time, as the school community processes this news and copes with grief, measures have been put in place to support students and staff. 

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