October 9, 2008

In the Spotlight: Francis Seery

Position: The new Wood-Ridge school business administrator started Sept. 1. Seery, whose one-year contract runs to Aug. 31, will be paid $100,000 for the school year.

Q. What are the challenges for the school in the future?

Working with the mandates [in funding] from the state and the potential in population growth. (A large housing development that will alter the borough's population is under construction).

Hometown: Pearl River, N.Y.

Age: 57

Education: St. John's University, bachelor's degree. Pace University, graduate courses.

Background: Hackensack: school business administrator, 2 1/2 years; Harrington Park: school administrator for 13 years. Former regional vice president of the Bank of New York.

Family: Wife, Joyce, a school speech pathologist in New York state; has two sons in college.

Quote: "It's all about the children. I try to believe the public school system is an integral part of our society."

-- John A. Gavin

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