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GREENFIELD — Nowhere does news spread faster than a junior high.

As of Tuesday morning, Principal Harold Olin hadn’t announced that he is leaving Greenfield Central Junior High next school year to become the new district superintendent, but that didn’t stop the word from traveling. Fast.

Students and staff alike stopped Olin in the halls of the junior high Tuesday to congratulate the longtime principal on the big promotion. Olin, who has been a principal for 15 years – 14 in G-C schools – was all smiles.

Word began to spread Monday night after the Greenfield-Central School Board announced its intention to hire Olin to replace Linda Gellert, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Olin, 42, has verbally accepted the position, though a contract has not yet officially been approved; that will happen at a public meeting Feb. 26.

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