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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

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

Greenfield Police to increase school presence

Friday, February 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh Jr. would like to see the town build up its in-school police presence in the coming years, he told the Greenfield School Committee this week. Haigh said that he is freeing … 1

BB gun taken from GMS student

Monday, February 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Middle School leaders confiscated an unloaded BB gun from a student last week but said there was no evidence it was brought in to harm any students. Principal Gary Tashjian said he found out about the plastic, 8-inch gun on Monday. A sixth-grade student had … 0

Two public forums remain for Greenfield supt. search

Sunday, January 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — To gain a better sense of what the community wants in its next school superintendent, the Greenfield School Committee has organized two more public forums. The forums will be held at on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School and on Thursday … 0

Busy year ahead for Greenfield schools

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee will be accepting public opinion tonight on what the town wants in its next superintendent. The 5:30 p.m. community forum will be held in the top floor of the Greenfield Community Television office, at 393 Main St., and will run until the … 0

After-school program at Greenfield elementary school promotes fun, exciting science

Thursday, December 26, 2013

GREENFIELD — A team of about two dozen secret agents were being anything but stealthy as they built “spynoculars” one afternoon in a Newton School classroom. Following the guidance of “Doctor Atomic,” who walked around in a large, … 0

Betty’s bench

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

GREENFIELD — Some day in the near future, after the new Greenfield High School is completed, reflective thinkers or weary souls will be able to rest outside and sit on a bench not far from the school’s entrance. … 0

Greenfield school board eyes zero-based budgeting

Sunday, December 8, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee may use the timing of a superintendent search as an opportunity to examine how effectively the department spends its money. Member John Lunt, who chairs the finance subcommittee of the School Committee, suggested earlier this month that the department consider zero-based budgeting … 0