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Town, union in standoff over laid-off teachers’ canceled insurance

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — The lines of the original dispute between the union and town and school administration remain drawn essentially as they were at the start. A teacher’s union representative threatened legal action earlier this week, saying recently laid-off teachers unexpectedly lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer. The town human resources department holds policy was followed and the union has its facts wrong. The superintendent says the … 0

Greenfield teachers union threatens lawsuit

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield teachers union threatens legal action, saying members laid off this year have lost health insurance they were entitled to through the summer break. “The Greenfield Education Association has learned the Greenfield Schools are, with less than a week’s notice, canceling the health insurance policies of teachers and staff who were recently laid off. Even though they’ve already paid the … 0

No major changes to Greenfield Math and Science Academy in the fall

Saturday, June 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Math and Science Academy will remain where it is for the time being. At a special meeting Saturday morning, the Greenfield School Committee voted unanimously to defer any further relocation discussion until the end of October, with an ad-hoc committee to study the effects of a move, that analysis 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

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