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Greenfield Public Schools

Competition on for superintendents

GREENFIELD — Two of Greenfield’s four superintendent finalists could have job offers before Greenfield is ready to make its choice, because a nearby school board moved up its search two weeks ahead of schedule and another will decide tonight.

The Belchertown School Committee had been scheduled to choose a superintendent on April 16, but, fearing that the finalists would choose another job, will now vote this Thursday. Greenfield candidate Timothy Lee, an elementary school principal in Lenox, is a finalist in that search.

The Northampton School Committee will vote on its next superintendent tonight, and Greenfield candidate Jordana Harper-Ewert, a chief schools officer in Springfield, is one of the finalists for that position.

Mayor William Martin, chairman of the Greenfield School Committee, said it’s “indicative of the competition for superintendents nowadays.” He’s still comfortable with the school board’s current schedule, which calls for superintendent interviews during the last week of April.

“If half of our finalists are going to be hired for another district, we just evaluate the final two and see if they meet the criteria for our school system,” said Martin.

If the school board wasn’t satisfied with its choices, then it would likely vote to reopen the search, he said.

Jahmal Mosley, a high school principal in Somerset, interviewed last week for a principal job in Reading.

It’s also possible he’ll be a finalist to fill a hybrid administrative position in Somerset: K-8 superintendent and business manager. The Herald News of Fall River reports that finalists for that position have yet to be announced.

James O’Shea, principal at The Bromfield School in Harvard, has not had his name surface online as a finalist in any other superintendent searches.

The Greenfield School Committee plans to visit finalists’ districts next week and then interview them by the end of the month. The school board is looking to hire the successor of Susan Hollins, who is retiring at the end of June.

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