Sidney Freund has decided not to serve as the district’s interim superintendent, surprising school board members who scrambled last night to select a temporary leader for the district.
Greenburgh Board of Education president Terry Williams said Freund, who was chosen in November to replace Ronald Smalls, suddenly pulled out of the job. Williams said the board and Freund agreed to void his $117,613, six-month contract. (Read previous coverage here.) Freund did not attend a special board meeting Tuesday evening, a district spokesman said.
“He decided not to come basically,” Williams said. “We were expecting him to be there.”
Freund, who lives in Greenburgh, would not comment and referred questions to the district.
Susan Sciascia, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and personnel, was appointed acting superintendent at Tuesday’s meeting. She will serve in that position until another interim superintendent is appointed.
The district is currently searching for a permanent superintendent and will meet with a representative of its search firm at a board work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at district headquarters, 475 W. Hartsdale Ave.
Freund resigned in September from the Greenwich school district in Connecticut for “personal and professional” reasons. But news reports in Connecticut said he faced opposition from some school board members.