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Greenfield Public Schools

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 either Jordana Harper-Ewert or James O’Shea will be the right fit to succeed retiring Superintendent Susan Hollins. But after two superintendent finalists … 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 to the host districts of Jordana Harper-Ewert, a chief schools officer in Springfield, and James … 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 amount it felt was necessary to accommodate a rising enrollment. The other members agreed, voting … 0

Greenfield schools plan for supt.’s departure

Sunday, March 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — The outgoing superintendent will be required to bring major decisions to the School Committee as she finishes out her final days. Greenfield Public Schools Superintendent Susan Hollins will leave her job when the school year ends in about four months, and the School Committee has decided … 0

Virtual school and Greenfield schools consider 30-day transitional agreement

Friday, February 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Massachusetts Virtual Academy at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School is moving out on its own, and officials will work out an exit plan with the School Committee Thursday. Greenfield Public Schools has provided the Virtual School with administrative support since the Virtual School became autonomous last … 0

Minecraft: Popular video game builds students' interest in learning

Friday, February 28, 2014

Brian Westbrook was trying his best to keep up with the two dozen Greenfield Middle School students competing for his attention. Calls of “Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Westbrook” rang through the air like a broken record, from students hoping … 0

Greenfield school board to talk virtual school, superintendent transition

Thursday, February 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has called a special meeting tonight to consider what administrative services to sell to the town’s independent cyber school and to discuss plans for its superintendent transition. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the town’s municipal offices at 20 … 0

No opponents for pair of seats on Greenfield school board

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A two-term school board veteran and a political newcomer will run unopposed on the ballot this spring for two vacant Greenfield School Committee seats. Maryelen Calderwood, of 82 Sanderson St., and Adrienne Marie Nunez, of 71 Conway St., were the only candidates who filed nomination papers … 0

Therapy dog serves as Greenfield students’ reading buddy

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — Third-grade students at Newton School who work hard in their classes get rewarded with 15 minutes of reading time with Emma Pickle. The golden retriever is a certified therapy dog and reading buddy who visits the … 0

Smile time

Sunday, February 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — February may be National Children’s Dental Health Month, but the Community Health Center of Franklin County focuses on youth oral hygiene all year long. It’s the fourth year of the health center’s school dental program, and … 0

Snack attacks: Greenfield school board ruminates on healthier afterschool treats

Friday, February 21, 2014

GREENFIELD ­ — The Greenfield School Committee wants its food services department to start distributing healthier snacks to its students. After discussing the issue for a half hour at a meeting earlier this month, the school board directed Bernie Novak, the department’s food services and nutrition director, to … 0

Greenfield supt. search moving along

Thursday, February 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — The search for Greenfield’s next superintendent is still on track. School officials interested in the job have until the end of this month to apply. The Massachusetts Association of School Committees, a paid consultant in this search, will then select eight to 12 semi-finalists for an … 0

GHS French students beginning outdoor adventure in Quebec City

Monday, February 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A group of French students from Greenfield High School will spend their vacation this week tobogganing, dog sledding, snow shoeing and exploring the cobblestone streets of Quebec City. Teacher Tamara Grogan will lead 17 students and … 0

Greenfield High senior challenges elementary students to stay active during school vacation

Monday, February 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield High School senior Courtney Kimball issued a challenge last week to Federal Street School students: do something to stay active each day of February school vacation. Kimball, a 17-year-old Greenfield resident, visited all of the … 0

Greenfield school board to revise international trip policy

Monday, February 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee will be reviewing the department’s international trip policy after they voted last week to spend an unplanned $1,700 for an upcoming trip to Spain. The school board traditionally approves international trips months in advance (a trip this week to Quebec was approved … 0