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Editorial: Closing in on a superintendent?

As the search for a new superintendent for Greenfield plods along, two of the four finalists have walked away.

Jahmal Mosley, who had been working in Somerset, dropped out after accepting a job elsewhere, less than a week after Timothy Lee, a principal in Lenox, withdrew his application.

That leaves Jordana Harper-Ewert, a chief schools officer in Springfield and James O’Shea, a principal in Harvard.

We would like to think that the end of the search to find a replacement for Superintendent Susan Hollins is getting closer and easier for the committee. After all, the investigating and interviewing process for the candidates is now more condensed since the field has been cut in half.

That’s not to say the School Committee shouldn’t continue to be thorough in vetting the two finalists. The committee has completed site reviews this week, and Harper-Ewert and O’Shea are still scheduled for interviews later in the month. In light of the recent developments, the committee is touching base with them to determine if they’re still interested in the Greenfield job.

That kind of communication sends a signal to the candidates that the interest is a two-way street. In applying for a job, obviously the candidates are trying to prove to the committee and community that they are the right person to be hired for the open position. That would seem to have the committee holding the cards.

But as we have seen with the job of school district superintendent in Massachusetts, there are candidates who attract plenty of interest once the word gets out about their energy, vision, expertise, etc. School committees therefore have the job of selling their district to those desirable applicants.

Greenfield, we think, is in a good position here in this regard in attracting not only qualified candidates, but ones who can build in the foundation that has been created during Hollins’ tenure.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed that with the two remaining applicants a match can be made.

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