Contract talks with Greenfield schools chief extend past July 1 deadline

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  • Members of the Greenfield High School class of 2018 place their hands on their hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance on June 1. Recorder file photo

Recorder Staff
Published: 7/4/2018 6:25:45 PM

GREENFIELD — Superintendent Jordana Harper’s contract with Greenfield Public Schools remains up in the air following its formal expiration on July 1.

This doesn’t mean the School Committee and Harper haven’t been working toward a resolution, but rather it did not come before the deadline.

Contract negotiation is covered by executive session and therefore not public knowledge until after a resolution is reached. Further dialogue on the matter is anticipated at the School Committee’s July 11 meeting.

“While I cannot comment regarding the ongoing contract negotiations, I am very proud of the progress our teachers and staff have made together in our schools, the excellent education students receive in Greenfield, our positive community and parent partnerships and our many successes as a district,” Harper said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to serve our community as the Superintendent of the Greenfield Public Schools.”

The two sides have been meeting this week to try to expedite the process. Neither have explained if there is an interim superintendent while the negotiations are hashed out or a timeline for when it might be settled.

All have been working “diligently” on a future contract for Harper for several months, Greenfield School Committee Chairwoman Adrienne Nunez said. She added the School Committee is working “as fast as we can” to finalize the contract.

“I am appreciative of the community’s awareness and attention tuned in to this contract negotiation,” Nunez said in a statement. “We are doing our best to move the process forward while prioritizing the needs of the students, district and community.”

Harper was named the superintendent in 2014, leaving her post as chief schools officer in Springfield and in doing so taking on her first superintendent gig.

The superintendent made $141,000 this past school year and is budgeted to make $147,451 in the 2018-19 school year, according to the school’s passed budget.

In recent months, there has been superintendent turnover around Franklin County. Both Pioneer Valley Regional School District and Frontier Regional School and Union 38 welcomed new, interim superintendents in June.

Mohawk Trail Regional School District’s business manager took that position in Greenfield Public Schools in late May, after the schools here had an independent firm handling its business the past year.

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