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Easton-Redding Superintendent Finalist Named

Dr. Bernard Josefsberg, superintendent for Leonia Public Schools in New Jersey, is the search committee’s choice to be the next superintendent of schools in the Easton Redding Region 9 District.

The ER9 boards of education are finalizing contract details with Josefsberg and a vote on a three-year employment agreement, including compensation details, is expected Tuesday, May 10, at a public meeting of the ER9 Tri-board. Search Steering Committee Chairman Leon Karvelis said he is confident Josefsberg's compensation arrangements will be "budget neutral" as pledged to the public at the beginning of the search effort. The new superintendent is scheduled to begin work on July 15.

Josefsberg has worked in public education for more than 35 years. His experience in educational administration began in 1989 as a vice principal in Tenafly, N.J. From 1997 to 2001, Josefsberg served as principal of New Canaan High School. Subsequently, he served as assistant superintendent of Wayne Public Schools, a district of 8,600 students. He has an undergraduate degree in English from Columbia University and a graduate degree from the University of Chicago. Dr. Josefsberg earned his doctorate in 1993 from Teachers College, Columbia University.

"Our respective communities were fortunate to attract a pool of experienced and highly qualified candidates. In reviewing Josefsberg's distinguished record of success, depth of experience and professional training, the Search Committee identified him as the candidate of choice whose strengths would best serve ER9. He is an outstanding educator who is admired and respected in Leonia, as well as by academic professionals in both New Jersey and Connecticut," said Karvelis. "His educational orientation has been to stress reaching every child and maximizing individual potential while developing a highly competent and effective professional and support staff. As such his background will suit Redding and Easton well as we all seek to make a strong educational system even better."

Josefsberg resides in Ridgewood, N.J., with his wife, Tae Terumoto, and their daughter, Lily. Josefsberg plans to maintain a second residence in or near Redding/Easton.

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