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Greenfield Middle School will be housing the School Department's administrative offices in a first-floor space that will be renovated.
 Recorder file photo/Paul Franz

Greenfield School Committee approves central office move to middle school

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GREENFIELD — Greenfield’s School Department will proceed with a plan to move the central administrative offices to the Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street. The committee voted unanimously Wednesday night to support the plan, which would involve renovating unoccupied space on the school’s first floor. The build-out would cost roughly $750,000, which chairman Timothy Farrell said would be paid for … 0

Greenfield schools to start composting waste

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

GREENFIELD — With a state grant in hand, Greenfield’s seven public schools will soon be the latest in Franklin County to begin turning their food waste into usable compost this winter. The new program’s launch will help the district join the other 16 schools in the county that have begun similar programs to … 0

Greenfield graduation returns to renovated high school

Friday, January 15, 2016

GREENFIELD — Students at Greenfield High School will graduate on their own turf once more, with the ceremony planned to be held for the first time inside the new High School on Barr Avenue this year. While the new facility was under construction, Superintendent Jordana Harper said graduation has been held at Greenfield … 0

Committee OKs moving Greenfield 4th grades to elementary schools

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local third-graders will get to stay in their elementary schools next year instead of moving to Greenfield Middle School. The School Committee approved the change in a 4-3 vote Wednesday. The vote eked by because of problems that may make it impossible for one elementary school … 2

Subcommittee recommends 4th-grade move

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Fourth-Grade Configuration Committee has recommended the fourth-grade move back to the elementary schools next year — except for students at Newton School. The full School Committee will consider the recommendation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at GCTV Studio. The decision would return Greenfield schools to … 0

Volunteer mentors Discovery School student in reading

Monday, March 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — Three days each week, Caroline Whitbeck visits the Discovery School at Four Corners to read the “Magic Tree House” series with a third-grade student. Whitbeck, a retired ethics professor, takes turns reading the children’s book out … 0

Greenfield School Committee to interview business manager finalists today

Monday, March 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The current superintendent of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District and two school business managers from Auburn and Palmer schools are vying to take on Greenfield Public School’s business management. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the GCTV Studio, the School Committee will interview the three finalists … 0

No changes yet to Greenfield schools’ Extended Learning Time programs

Monday, March 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state education department continues to review Greenfield Public School’s Expanded Learning Time programs, and arrival and departure times at the schools have not changed. In February, the state notified the school department during its evaluation of a current three-year grant that funds the ELT programs … 0

Greenfield superintendent seeks $1M increase

Thursday, March 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — For her first budget as Greenfield schools superintendent, Jordana Harper is proposing a $1 million increase in the school budget for next year that includes special education and transportation increases, a full-time human resources position and a new assistant superintendent position. The proposed budget amounts to … 0

Greenfield 4th-grade move discussion held in closed session

Monday, March 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The subcommittee that is recommending where fourth-graders will go to school next year held a closed session Monday night, citing union negotiations. It will provide its recommendation to the full School Committee on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the GCTV Studio. The Recorder previously reported the … 0

Parents, teachers discuss 4th-grade’s future

Sunday, March 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — Are fourth-graders developmentally ready to be at the Greenfield Middle School? Does it matter as long as they have good teachers? Dozens of parents and teachers filled the high school’s lecture room to discuss these questions last week. It was the third of four public hearings … 0

Greenfield’s Academy of Early Learning could add morning class

Sunday, February 8, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Academy of Early Learning is seeking to add one more morning class to its preschool program, which could mean 14 children would no longer have to be wait-listed. On Thursday, Principal Joan Schell made the budget request to the School Committee’s Negotiations, Finance and Budget … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0