GREENBURGH, N.Y. Susan Sciascia was appointed acting superintendent for the Greenburgh Central 7 School District after formerly-appointed interim superintendent Sidney Freund's contract was voided.
The GC7's Board of Education announced Wednesday that Sciascia, assistant superintendent for curriculum, in s truction and personnel, will remain as acting superintendent until an interim superintendent has been found. Freund was expected to begin his interim duties on Tuesday. While the Board of Education would not give reasons for Freund's sudden departure, some members noted that the contract termination was a mutually-agreed upon and friendly decision between both parties.
The change of superintendents will not affect the students, said Terry Williams, president of the board.
"Dr. Sciascia is certified to be a superintendent and there is no doubt in our minds that she is up to the task," said Williams.
Claudia Glaser, a school board member, said Sciascia is "more than capable."
"So now we're not a district without a superintendent," she said. "She is certainly qualified and very capable. I have the utmost confidence that she will do a fine job. No worries there."
Freund was hired to be the interim superintendent from January to June 2012 after the former superintendent, Ronald Smalls, retired at the end of 2011. The Greenburgh Central 7 Board of Education hired the consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates from Rosemont, IL, to help find a permanent superintendent to begin on July 1. The firm will now also assist in the search for an interim superintendent.
"We've got a lot going on here," said Glaser, "but we're going to keep going forward with the interim search so that we can put all of our emphasis on finding a permanent superintendent. It's going to be a very busy new year. We have a lot on our plate. It's going to be a challenge."
Freund's recently-voided contract might come as a surprise to many students and parents, as several residents were pleased to have Freund serve as interim superintendent again. Freund was interim superintendent prior to Smalls' tenure. Freund has also won awards for his position throughout New York State.
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