Greenfield Public Schools
Greenfield Public Schools Superintendent Susan Hollins stands in her office on Tuesday in front of a banner made by Academy of Early Learning students.
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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

State to review Greenfield schools next week

Friday, December 6, 2013

GREENFIELD — Six state education officials will visit Greenfield next week to review how the department manages its schools. The state routinely conducts these non-punitive reviews and will visit about 20 different Massachusetts school districts and departments this school year, said Lauren Greene, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts … 0

Greenfield rejects Mohawk’s shared superintendency proposal

Thursday, December 5, 2013

GREENFIELD — After seven minutes of discussion, the Greenfield School Committee unanimously rejected the notion of sharing a superintendent with two West County districts. The Mohawk Trail Regional School Committee, which currently shares a superintendent with the Hawlemont and Rowe school boards, sent a draft proposal to Greenfield … 0

Proposal aims to divvy up shared supt. costs

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

If Greenfield pursues a shared superintendency next year with districts west of the Route 2 rotary, it might end up taking on about three-fifths of the total costs. The Greenfield School Department would pay 60.5 percent, the Mohawk Trail Regional School District would pay 34.4 percent and the … 0

Computer, literacy

Monday, November 25, 2013

In this feature photo, Rowan McGuane, a preschool student at the Discovery School at Four Corners, practices his reading skills on a computer. (Paul Franz/Recorder) … 0

Book buddies

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In this feature photo, Tayler Bergeron and Payton Martin, both students in the Discovery School at Four Corners, share a book and a smile. (Recorder/Paul Franz) … 0

Greenfield school board hires consultant, seeking superintendent search committee members

Thursday, November 14, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield School Committee has decided to hire the Massachusetts Association of School Committees as a consultant for its upcoming superintendent search. At the same time, the school board is now accepting applications for members to join a local superintendent search committee, which will work with … 0

Greenfield school board has competition in superintendent search

Friday, November 8, 2013

GREENFIELD — As the Greenfield School Committee begins searching for its next superintendent, it will do so along with nearly 40 other districts in Massachusetts, said the department’s attorney. Peter Smith told the school board that according to Glenn Koocher, the executive director of the Massachusetts Association of … 0

Greenfield schools to examine nurse policy

Thursday, November 7, 2013

GREENFIELD — For the second time in four months, the Greenfield School Committee has been asked to look into nurse staffing issues in the town’s schools. Greenfield Education Association representatives told school board members at a Tuesday subcommittee … 0

Police investigate high school threat Thursday

Thursday, November 7, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Police Department was investigating a threat at the Greenfield High School on Thursday, but administrators said that the school was safe. School officials told families in a robocall Thursday morning that the threat had been assessed and that the school would be secure during … 0


Monday, October 21, 2013

In this feature photo, Alex Taraburca, a seventh-grade student in the Greenfield Math and Science Academy, launches his water-powered bottle rocket into the air at Green River Park on Monday. His partner first had to pump enough pressure … 0

Greenfield school officials praise Hollins

Friday, October 11, 2013

GREENFIELD — From the creation of new school programs to her advocacy for a new high school, the work of Superintendent Susan Hollins was praised by administrators this week. Hollins announced Wednesday that she’ll retire by the end of this school year. And while many have questioned her … 0

Greenfield superintendent Susan Hollins to retire by end of school year

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

GREENFIELD — Susan Hollins, who has led Greenfield schools since 2008, will step away from the school department by the end of this school year. Hollins wrote in a letter to Mayor William Martin, chairman of the School … 0