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Claire Abelson, a Greenfield High School junior who helped organize the prom dress giveaway, checks out a blue dress at the school on Friday with fellow junior Casey Antunes, who seems happy with her selection. 
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

Prepping for the perfect prom: Free for the taking, dresses, tuxes line GHS lobby

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sarah O’Sullivan spun around in her new long, green gown as her friends raved over the dress. Down the hall, Valenka Kosick browsed through four racks of dresses in search of that perfect, elegant gown. And Tim McCarthy and Hunter Felix mixed and matched ties with tuxes, looking for options for prom next year. With gowns hanging from … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school to house its fourth-graders. However, this year’s third-grade students at the Newton School may still … 2

Subcommittee recommends 4th-grade move

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Fourth-Grade Configuration Committee has recommended the fourth-grade move back to the elementary schools next year — except for students at Newton School. The full School Committee will consider the recommendation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at GCTV Studio. The decision would return Greenfield schools to a K-4 system. According to the recommendation, current third-graders at the Discovery School at Four … 0

Volunteer mentors Discovery School student in reading

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Three days each week, Caroline Whitbeck visits the Discovery School at Four Corners to read the “Magic Tree House” series with a third-grade student. Whitbeck, a retired ethics professor, takes turns reading the children’s book out … 0

Greenfield School Committee to interview business manager finalists today

Monday, March 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The current superintendent of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District and two school business managers from Auburn and Palmer schools are vying to take on Greenfield Public School’s business management. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the GCTV Studio, the School Committee will interview the three finalists … 0

No changes yet to Greenfield schools’ Extended Learning Time programs

Monday, March 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state education department continues to review Greenfield Public School’s Expanded Learning Time programs, and arrival and departure times at the schools have not changed. In February, the state notified the school department during its evaluation of a current three-year grant that funds the ELT programs … 0

Greenfield superintendent seeks $1M increase

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — For her first budget as Greenfield schools superintendent, Jordana Harper is proposing a $1 million increase in the school budget for next year that includes special education and transportation increases, a full-time human resources position and a new assistant superintendent position. The proposed budget amounts to … 0

Greenfield 4th-grade move discussion held in closed session

Monday, March 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The subcommittee that is recommending where fourth-graders will go to school next year held a closed session Monday night, citing union negotiations. It will provide its recommendation to the full School Committee on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the GCTV Studio. The Recorder previously reported the … 0

Parents, teachers discuss 4th-grade’s future

Sunday, March 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — Are fourth-graders developmentally ready to be at the Greenfield Middle School? Does it matter as long as they have good teachers? Dozens of parents and teachers filled the high school’s lecture room to discuss these questions last week. It was the third of four public hearings … 0

Greenfield’s Academy of Early Learning could add morning class

Sunday, February 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Academy of Early Learning is seeking to add one more morning class to its preschool program, which could mean 14 children would no longer have to be wait-listed. On Thursday, Principal Joan Schell made the budget request to the School Committee’s Negotiations, Finance and Budget … 0

In turbulent tenure, Susan Hollins, as superintendent, helped stabilize Greenfield schools

Sunday, June 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Susan Hollins was looking for a good challenge to end her career in education. She found it in the Greenfield schools in 2008: $1 million in debt, no administrators, scores of laid-off teachers and students flocking … 0

Greenfield School Committee seat up for grabs

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — If you want to serve an 18-month term on the Greenfield School Committee without being elected, now’s your chance. The vacancy left by former member John Lunt, and Greenfield’s recently passed term length change, creates an unusual situation where the next appointee will serve until January … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert signs Greenfield superintendent contract

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Jordana Harper-Ewert signed a three-year contract with the Greenfield School Committee on Wednesday and will officially take over as school superintendent on July 1. The school board will pay her $135,000 in the first year. It has agreed to pay her $138,000 the next year and … 0

Paraprofessional tries last-minute school board run

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — With just over 32 hours left before polls closed, David Hyde decided to stage a last-minute write-in campaign for Greenfield School Committee. Hyde, 40, of 102 Thayer Road, stood on the corner of Silver and Chapman … 0

Maryelen Calderwood running for 3rd term on Greenfield School Committee

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Maryelen Calderwood is running for her third term on the Greenfield School Committee to continue the board’s efforts toward improving the quality of education for Greenfield students. Calderwood, 51, of 82 Sanderson St., is one of … 0