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Greenwich School Chief Releases Resignation Letter

Superintendent Sidney Freund announced his resignation early Tuesday morning. He issued this letter to the Greenwich community.

May 16, 2011

Dear Greenwich School Community, On Monday, May 16, 2011, I tendered my resignation as the Superintendent of Schools. The effective date has not been finalized. I will likely serve as the Superintendent through the summer months to ensure a smooth school opening. Speculation will likely abound as to the reasons for my early departure. Personal and professional factors weighed heavily on my decision to resign. This has not been an easy decision. I poured my heart and soul into Greenwich. I have worked hard to re-instill public confidence in our schools and its leadership. The future success of the Greenwich Public Schools rests with each of you. I have stated repeatedly that hiring, training and retaining great teachers and administrators will produce the results that the community expects. There is a strategic plan in place, and if the schools are permitted to stay focused on that plan, then our children will benefit, and Greenwich will achieve greatness. I am confident in our team. It’s unlikely that the residents of Greenwich, or any community for that matter, will ever fully agree on the direction of a school; however, it is important that all engage in honest and respectful dialogue. It is also important that the Greenwich community become unified and supportive of a direction once it has been publicly debated and agreed upon by a majority of the elected Board. Greenwich has the human and material resources at its disposal to become the premier school district in the country. I hope that the Board and the community will remain focused on the “big prize,” the children of our community. Thank you for all of your encouragement and support. Best wishes.

Sincerely, Sidney A. Freund

Superintendent Greenwich Public Schools “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -- Teddy Roosevelt

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