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Greenburgh C7 Picks A Man of Numbers, Education

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Ed Joseph doesn’t like to talk much about his plans for Greenburgh Central School District. Sitting at his spacious office on a recent morning, he smiles playfully and says only, “We are assessing.”

Joseph, the C7 district’s new assistant superintendent for business, took over on July 18 from Frank Ferraro, who stepped down in June. He spent four years at the Tuckahoe Common School District, in Southampton, N.Y. During his tenure there, he saved $1 million in taxes, after developing the lowest budget-to-budget increase in a decade, according to the C7 district’s website . The website’s lists further financial achievements, including “$2 million saved over three years by ensuring that tuition students lived within the district,” $100,000 in recovered tuitions, and $126,000 in budgetary savings.

Although Joseph strives to save money, he also makes clear that his ultimate goal is the success of the district’s students.

“I know what education has done for me,” he says.

An immigrant from Haiti, Joseph, 36, says he studied in the best schools in that country. After coming to United States in 1987, he attended Dominican College in Blauvelt, N.Y., and then earned a Master of Business Administration from St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Joseph is moving with his wife and two kids from Long Island to Rockland County. He placed pictures of them on his desk, but the most noticeable feature in his office is perhaps the books spread all around. At one table lies Deepak Chopra’s “The Soul of Leadership.” From another, he picks up Wallace D. Wattles’s “The Science of Being Great.”

“Good stuff,” he says, adding that he reads a lot in his free time and that books about leadership are among his favorites.

But he discards the idea of one day becoming a superintendent.

“I’m a man of numbers,” he says. “I like ones and zeros.”

Joseph concedes that knowing that he will soon have a new boss makes him a bit apprehensive -- Ronald Smalls, the C7 district’s superintendent, announced that he will retire in December. The new superintendent will have his own vision, Joseph says, and he will have to adapt to whatever it may be.

“It would be great if the new superintendent was here,” Joseph says.

He calls the double rejection of the district budget, in May and June, “unfortunate,” but says that the district can still meets its needs by properly allocating resources. As for how exactly he plans to do that, he says only, “I am assessing” — and laughs.

Are you parent of a C7 district's student, a teacher, or for some other reason familiar with the district's affairs? What do you think Ed Joseph's priorities should be? You can answer below or on Facebook .

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