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Greenfield superintendent finalist not tapped for Northampton job

All four of Greenfield’s superintendent finalists remain viable options for now, after the Northampton School Committee passed on Amherst resident Jordana Harper-Ewert and offered its schools superintendent job to John Provost of Easthampton.

The Greenfield School Committee, which won’t be interviewing its candidates until the end of the month, is watching closely to see how the Northampton and Belchertown school boards vote this week. At least two of the four Greenfield candidates are in contention for other superintendent jobs.

On Tuesday, the Northampton School Committee voted 8-2 for Provost, who has been superintendent of the North Brookfield public schools since 2011. Still, it isn’t a done deal that Provost, 42, will take the Northampton job. He’s interviewing for the Belchertown superintendent post tonight.

Greenfield has an eye on the Belchertown decision, which is scheduled to happen after the Provost interview, because Greenfield finalist Timothy Lee is also a contender for that job.

Even after Northampton offered Provost the job, the candidate said Tuesday night that he intends to “honor the process” of the Belchertown search. Still, he said his visit to Northampton last week gave him “a very comfortable feel.”

The Greenfield superintendent job — which also includes contenders Jahmal Mosley of Somerset, and James O’Shea of Bolton — was posted with an annual salary of $135,000, although that can be negotiated.

That fits right between the Northampton and Belchertown job salaries. Northampton is offering between $140,000 and $150,000 and Belchertown is offering between $120,000 and $135,000.

Daily Hampshire Gazette reporter Barbara Solow contributed to this report.

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