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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.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

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

Greenfield superintendent finalist Harper-Ewert has strong ties to community

Sunday, April 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — After starting her teaching career in Greenfield, Jordana Harper-Ewert wants to return in July as the department’s next superintendent. The 32-year-old Amherst resident is one of two finalists vying to succeed retiring Superintendent Susan Hollins. She’ll … 0

Greenfield supt. looking into free lunches for kids

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two Greenfield elementary schools may feature free lunches for all of their students next year. The free lunch program, paid for by the United States Department of Agriculture, is available to any Massachusetts school where at least 40 percent of students already qualify for free lunch. … 0

Greenfield school board considers backup plan in superintendent search

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Worried that one of the two remaining school superintendent finalists may pull out of contention, the Greenfield School Committee will begin looking for an interim leader for next year in case it has to reopen its search. School board members stressed Tuesday that they still hope … 0

Greenfield school board to talk superintendent finalists tonight

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee will meet tonight to discuss the two superintendent finalists vying to succeed retiring school department leader Susan Hollins. School board members will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room and will report on the visits they took last week … 0

Greenfield school board OKs 4.7% budget increase

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has approved a budget that increases spending by 4.7 percent from last year, even with Mayor William Martin, the school board’s chairman, stating he plans to allocate a smaller amount. Member John Lunt said that the school board should vote on whatever … 0

Greenfield students to showcase short films at GHS tonight

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — Student filmmakers, ranging in age from 5 to 18, will share their original work tonight at the Greenfield public school fourth annual film festival. The event begins at 6:30 in the high school auditorium. The public is welcome and admission is free. A screening committee reviewed … 0

Another Greenfield schools supt. finalist drops out

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Another Greenfield schools superintendent candidate has withdrawn his name from consideration, leaving two finalists for the post. Jahmal Mosley, principal of a regional high school in Somerset, accepted an assistant superintendent position in Sharon on Wednesday. His decision came five days after finalist Timothy Lee dropped … 0

Mayor wants 3% schools increase

Friday, April 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Mayor William Martin’s budget proposal for Greenfield schools will likely be about $295,000 less than the one suggested by Superintendent Susan Hollins last month. While Hollins’ proposal called for an overall 4.7 percent increase to bring the budget up to $17.3 million, Martin’s would increase it … 0

Greenfield superintendent finalist drops out

Friday, April 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — A finalist for Greenfield school superintendent has withdrawn from consideration. Timothy Lee, a Lenox elementary school principal, dropped out on Friday, leaving three finalists. Greenfield School Committee members, who will interview candidates at the end of April, are traveling to finalists’ host districts next week to … 0

Competition on for superintendents

Monday, March 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two of Greenfield’s four superintendent finalists could have job offers before Greenfield is ready to make its choice, because a nearby school board moved up its search two weeks ahead of schedule and another will decide tonight. The Belchertown School Committee had been scheduled to choose … 0

4 finalists nominated for Greenfield supt.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A search committee has nominated three long-time principals and a chief schools officer as finalists to be the next Greenfield school superintendent. All four candidates are from out of town and at least two are finalists for other superintendent jobs in the Pioneer Valley. The Greenfield … 0

Hollins calls for 4.7% budget hike for Greenfield schools

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Retiring superintendent Susan Hollins’ final budget proposal calls for a 4.7 percent increase in spending next year, which adds an equivalent of eight full-time employees to serve an increasing student population. The $17.3 million budget requests an additional $777,358 to the school department. Nearly 25 percent … 0