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John Lunt resigns from Greenfield School Committee

GREENFIELD — John Lunt resigned from the Greenfield School Committee Monday, saying that it’s time to move on after serving nearly two terms on the board.

The School Committee will need to appoint someone to complete Lunt’s term, which runs through June 2015. Mayor William Martin said he’d like the board to do so as soon as possible and will bring up the topic at Wednesday’s meeting.

Lunt has served for nearly six years on the board, including nine months as an interim member. He chaired the committee from 2010 to 2013 — a period during which the school department secured the construction of a new high school and created the state’s first cyber school.

He said he joined the committee when “the schools were somewhat in crisis mode.” The department’s finances have since stabilized and enrollment has grown.

Lunt, who led the search committee that selected Superintendent Susan Hollins in 2008, was pleased to see the department unanimously vote for Jordana Harper-Ewert to become her successor.

“It’s just time (to move on). ... I just feel like it’s time to look for some different challenges,” said Lunt. “I really would like to spend a little more time with my wife and kids.”

Martin called Lunt’s departure a “great loss” for the School Committee but said he understood the challenges the time constraints can impose on volunteer officials.

Lunt is in the middle of his second three-year term. He collected the most votes during a three-way 2012 election for two seats. He ran unopposed three years earlier.

According to the town’s charter, the School Committee will appoint an interim member to fill the remainder of Lunt’s term. It’s ironic, considering Lunt himself was involved in three different interim appointment votes in 2008.

He was appointed in April 2008 to fill the remaining two months of a school board term. After his write-in campaign failed that June, the School Committee then passed him over during an interim appointment vote in July.

That December, the School Committee appointed Lunt to fill yet another vacancy, and he’s been on the board ever since.

Lunt has two sons in the high school and a daughter in the 8th Grade Academy. He spent 16 years as a vice president for Lunt Silversmiths before starting a business that imports European giftware and sells it to retail stores across the country.

You can reach Chris Shores at: cshores@recorder.com, 413-772-0261, ext. 264, or on Twitter follow @ChrisShores

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