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Greenwich School Chief Garners State Award

Sidney A. Freund, less than two years into his tenure with the Greenwich Public Schools, was named Connecticut Superintendent of the Year by the statewide Parent Teacher Student Association .

Freund received the inaugural award for his strong relations with students, parents and civic organizations. "I am deeply honored and humbled by the distinction bestowed on me by the Connecticut State PTSA," Freund said upon hearing the news. "This acknowledgment is a testimony to the entire administration and parents of the district of the successful partnership we have established."

The Greenwich PTA Council nominated Freund during a meeting last month. Freund said he believes almost anything could be achieved through his good relationship with the community. The nominating letter spoke of his efforts regarding the students, constant presence within the 15 schools and his enthusiasm for learning.

Freund took over as superintendent on July 1, 2009. He previously had spent six years as superintendent at the Dobbs Ferry Schools in New York before joining the Greenwich Public Schools . Freund attended Cornell University and received his bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 1970. He earned a doctorate in educational administration in 1978 from Columbia University's Teachers College. His career in education began in 1970 as a sixth-grader teacher at P.S. 154 in Manhattan, and he also worked in the Edgemont School District, Herricks School District and North Salem Schools.

The Greenwich Board of Education will recognize Freund during a meeting Thursday at Julian Curtiss School. On April 1, he will be honored at the association's annual convention in Southbury.

What do you think of Superintendent Sidney Freund and his efforts so far? Leave your thoughts below or send them to acorbett@mainstreetconnect.us .

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