Harper still waiting for new contract


Recorder Staff
Thursday, July 12, 2018

GREENFIELD — School Superintendent Jordana Harper is still without a new contract.

The School Committee met in executive session to figure out a new contract for Harper Wednesday night, but no agreement was reached by the end of the meeting.

Harper’s most recent contract with the city expired July 1. Many details of the discussion could not be elaborated on by School Committee Chairwoman Adrienne Nunez, but she said a new contract for Harper is close.

“We’re all optimistic that we are very close to an agreement,” she said.

Nunez said the committee does not have a date for its next meeting to hammer out a contract, but that a special meeting could be called next week.

Nunez also said the committee and Harper have been negotiating for several months regarding the contract.

The committee held the executive session for nearly two hours before adjourning Wednesday night. Executive sessions are not open to the public and items like contract negotiations are usually discussed in these sessions.

Harper has been superintendent for Greenfield schools since 2014, after leaving Springfield Schools as their chief schools officer. This is Harper’s first superintendent position. She was also a finalist for the Northampton Schools superintendent position before being chosen for Greenfield.

Harper’s salary this past school year totaled $141,000. The position is budgeted for $147,451 in the 2018-2019 school year, according to the budget passed last month.