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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

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

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