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Greenfield Public Schools

Greenfield public: Where’s time for comment?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — The half-dozen residents who wanted to learn about proposed changes in fees local sports leagues pay to use school facilities feel they got shut out this week. The School Committee Policy Subcommittee — made up of chairwoman Francia Wisnewski, Donna Gleason and Jeff Comenitz — was reviewing an updated version of a policy that would set fees for private and nonprofit organizations. When members of the public attending … 0

Greenfield schools get grant for fitness curriculum

Friday, May 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — Fourth- and fifth-graders will soon be riding bicycles as part of a newly grant-funded physical education curriculum. The Greenfield schools, in collaboration with the Recreation Department, received a $20,000 grant from CYCLE Kids, a nonprofit that works with schools and communities to promote healthy lifestyles by encouraging physical activity and good nutrition. The money will be used for bicycles, jump ropes … 0

Walking the walk

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — On Thursday, Greenfield students, parents and teachers will walk to school as part of the district’s kickoff to its spring Walk to School Days. On that day at 3 p.m. at Newton School the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School will recognize Greenfield schools for its progress over the past two days in encouraging students to walk or bike to school. For … 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

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