Greene named Sussex County Superintendent Of The Year
G. Kennedy Greene (right), Superintendent of the Year, receives congratulations from Craig Hutcheson, President of the Sussex County SuperintendentsþÄô Roundtable Association.
NEWTON — The Sussex County Superintendents’ Roundtable Association has selected Dr. G. Kennedy Greene of the Newton Public Schools as its Superintendent of the Year for 2013.Upon learning of his selection, Dr. Greene said, “It is one thing to receive public recognition for your performance, but truly humbling to be acknowledged in this way by your peers. This speaks volumes about the improved performance and perceptions of the Newton Public Schools.”Greene has been a prominent advocate of shared services to improve student programs while enhancing fiscal efficiency.The Tri-District Consortium (a shared service initiative between the Andover, Green, and Newton districts) has continued to grow under Greene’s leadership. Recent initiatives include creating a joint preschool program to service special needs and general education children; sharing human resources for curricular consultation and behavioral and occupational therapies; developing cooperative approaches to professional and curricular development; and promoting common eligibility criteria for gifted and special education students.Greene has guided the use of resources to accomplish important district objectives as well.He led a community process that resulted in the construction of a $1.2 million synthetic turf field from the 2012-13 operating budget at a 1 percent tax increase.He made strategic spending recommendations in the previous year that led to nearly $1 million in facilities improvements with a decrease in the local tax levy.After state aid reductions in 2010-11, he produced a 10 percent cut in the operating budget while maintaining all student programs and minimizing staff attrition.Greene has advocated major cost savings measures such as health insurance carrier changes, solar energy projects, and direct install energy programs. He assisted the local education foundation in reestablishing itself as an engine for alumni and community fundraising efforts.Other notable achievements led by Dr. Greene include having Newton’s schools designated as high-performing by the state DOE; student assessment results that repeatedly exceed peer group averages; acknowledgement on the College Board’s AP Honor Roll for significant gains in student access and performance; recognition for excellence in STEM education with nationally competitive robotics and agriculture programs, county champion math and science teams, elementary science lab program, and strong partnerships with high tech organizations such as Picatinny Arsenal, Thorlabs, and Johnson and Johnson; being the first New Jersey school to host a downlink with astronauts at the International Space Station; and introducing strengths-based human resource tools as a foundation for individual professional development plans.Greene began his educational career in 1988 at the White Township School District.He later taught social studies at Phillipsburg High School and was promoted to assistant principal.In 2001 he was hired as the principal of North Warren Regional Middle/High School.The Newton Board of Education hired Dr. Greene as Superintendent in 2009.