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Sidney Freund Named GC7's Interim Superintendent

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – While the Greenburgh Central 7 school district continues its search for a new superintendent, the Board of Education has appointed Sidney Freund for the interim position.

Ronald Smalls, the current superintendent, is retiring on Dec. 31, after four years of service with GC7. It was recently announced that Freund would step in from Jan. 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012.

"Dr. Freund has the experience and distinguished background to meet the immediate challenges facing the district in this school year," said Terry Williams, president of the GC7's Board of Education. "He is no stranger to the Board, the district, our schools and our community. He can hit the ground running to help lead us through a tough year financially as the Board searches for a new superintendent."

Returning to the Greenburgh school district, Freund worked as the interim superintendent from 2007 to 2008 before Smalls was hired for the permanent position. The Board of Education is continuing to look for a suitable replacement for Smalls.

Freund previously served as the superintendent of the Greenwich School District from 2009 to 2011, where he was honored as the Outstanding Superintendent of the Year by the Connecticut Parent Teacher Student Association. Prior to that, he was superintendent of the Dobbs Ferry school district for six years, where he said he learned about issues that could very well come into play during his six month position with the Greenburgh school district. These traits included financial stability, high expectations of his students, strategic planning and working as a team.

Currently living in Edgemont, Freund first interacted with students in 1970 as a middle school math teacher in Manhattan. He earned his B.S. degree in biological sciences from Cornell University and his M.S. in elementary education from the City College of New York. His Ed.D and M.Ed in educational administration were acquired from Columbia University's Teacher's College.

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