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High turnover prompts new hires in Greenfield schools

GREENFIELD — With less than two weeks left before the next year school begins, Superintendent Susan Hollins’ office is busy hiring new employees.

Turnover has been higher this year than in years past, said Hollins. Retirements are up, she said, in part because some “baby boomers” are now of age. High gas prices and the cost of travel have led some to take positions closer to home.

And younger teachers and teaching assistants have found higher rates of pay elsewhere, she said.

Among the biggest changes this year:

■ Melodie Goodwin, an associate principal at the Greenfield Middle School, will now become principal at Newton Elementary. She will take the place of Maureen Ryan, who was hired as the principal of Shutesbury Elementary School.

■ Suzanne Sullivan will join the department as the principal of the Discovery School at Four Corners. She’ll succeed Donna Gleason, who retired this year and now serves on the Greenfield School Committee.

■ Karin Lemos Patenaude and George Lanides will become the new associate principals at the Greenfield Middle School, serving under the leadership of Gary Tashjian.

■ David DeBoer will succeed longtime educator Paul Calcari as the high school’s new music director.

■ There will be a new associate principal at Greenfield High School, following a resignation by Maria Lysen. The search is ongoing.

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