AND THEN IT WAS SPRING
Walking along Main Street in downtown Greenfield, I spied a children’s book in the window. The title: And Then It Was Spring. From a child’s perspective it talks about how everything is brown and cold and what is happening during the winter of waiting to go outside. It shows all the little bugs and worms under the brown ground. It is a story of waiting….and then it is spring and everything is green.
And just like this children’s book explains, as of March 20th, it is spring. People are happily walking dogs and walking themselves. Children are anxious to get outside to our playgrounds. Spring sports will be starting soon. We have added Ultimate Frisbee to our high school sports program this year.
Spring is when we enroll students for next year, decide how many seats we have available, and how many teachers and rooms we need. Spring is a time of cleaning out and fixing up. We move from repairing heating systems to repairing playgrounds and parking lots. We repair and tuck away our snow-blowers and no one has to wake up at 5:00 a.m. to think about road conditions.
Spring is school budget season, which leads to faculty recruiting season. We are learning about school retirements. As predicted, this years is a big year for retirements leaving school system across the nation scrambling for faculty and administrators. Everyone will be slightly on edge until all state and federal budget-makers decide their budgets so cities and towns know what this means for their own local budgets. Greenfield has a growing population so we will receive more state aid and we will have more need for budgeted funds to support population growth.
Spring—happily we move from snow to flowers. Greenfield Schools have an active volunteer program and I personally invite anyone interested in beautifying our school grounds to please not hesitate. We enjoy the community gardens on the lawn at Davis Street administration building and we would enjoy flower beds and gardens at our eight school locations.
State testing and internal academic growth screening takes place in Spring. Any test stress is hopefully offset somewhat by our fun-filled, creative Greenfield Student Film Festival. It’s for every student from grades K to 12 and please consider helping a student submit a film and coming to see the creative results.
To enroll in the Greenfield Schools, call any school or our main office:413.772.1300. Welcome, Spring.
Susan Hollins, Ph.D.