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Greenfield Public Schools Superintendent Susan Hollins stands in her office on Tuesday in front of a banner made by Academy of Early Learning students.
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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 to neighboring districts. She almost canceled her second interview for the Greenfield superintendent job. But, she reasoned, “someone has to take the … 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 2016. Appointees typically only fill the slot until the next election, so the appointments rarely … 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 $141,000 the year, if she receives high enough performance evaluation ratings. The school department has … 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

Political newcomer Adrienne Nunez vying for Greenfield School Committee seat

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Adrienne Marie Nunez is making her first bid for Greenfield School Committee to try to improve communication between the schools and the community. Nunez, 32, of 71 Conway St., is one of two candidates running unopposed … 0

Greenfield High School graduates remind each other to value life

Sunday, June 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School graduates urged their peers Saturday to appreciate every day and remember always to enjoy life with others. “Life is not about being number one. ... It’s not about making loads of money, and … 0

Greenfield makes a School Choice compromise

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Department won’t accept any new School Choice students in grades 8-12 next year, but will continue accepting a limited number of grade K-7 students. All current Greenfield school students, whether they live in town or in another district, will be allowed to continue … 0

Greenfield school board wants to end Choice

Monday, May 19, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield School Committee members said last week that they wanted to stop accepting new School Choice students next year and focus solely on teaching Greenfield residents. The board’s 4-1 vote to freeze School Choice will need to be re-taken at a public hearing later this month. … 1

Stealth program

Friday, May 16, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Greenfield School Committee members learned for the first time this week about a two-year developmental kindergarten program that the school department started in the fall. Superintendent Susan Hollins said that administrators created the program, called “The Gift of Time,” for students who needed more time to … 0

John Lunt resigns from Greenfield School Committee

Monday, May 12, 2014

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 … 0

10 local teachers win awards

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ten Franklin County teachers will receive Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching awards on Tuesday to commemorate their impact on children. The awards, given out annually since 2003, honor 140 teachers from 35 different communities for their commitment to children in their schools. Franklin and Hampshire County recipients, nominated … 0

Greenfield School Committee picks Harper-Ewert as next superintendent

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield School Committee members needed only 20 minutes of discussion to agree they all wanted Jordana Harper-Ewert as the department’s next superintendent. After interviewing the 32-year-old Amherst resident for nearly 80 minutes Wednesday night, the board … 1

Supt. finalist O’Shea impressed by Greenfield

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — James O’Shea said the Greenfield School Department is on an upward trajectory and he’d like to help keep moving it forward as superintendent. The Greenfield School Committee interviewed O’Shea, 49, for nearly 55 minutes on Tuesday. … 0

Longtime principal and Greenfield superintendent finalist O’Shea ready for next step

Sunday, April 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — James O’Shea believes his two decades in education, including the past 16 years as an administrator, have prepared him to become the next Greenfield superintendent. The 49-year-old Bolton resident is one of two finalists aiming to … 0