GREENFIELD — The Greenfield-Central School Board announced its intention Monday night to hire Harold Olin as the corporation’s next superintendent.
Olin replaces Dr. Linda Gellert, who will retire at the end of the school year. Olin currently serves as the principal of Greenfield Central Junior High School.
After the board’s announcement Monday, Olin said he is excited about what the future holds, as being the corporation superintendent has been his goal for some time. Olin has held his superintendent license for three years, and he finished his doctoral degree at Ball State University in December.
Olin grew up in Hancock County and has been with Greenfield-Central schools for 14 years.
“I’ve had the great job of working in this community for much of my life,” he said Monday. “I love the people here.”
He has similar regard, he said, for the staff members of the corporation, many of whom he knows personally. Olin has served as principal in four of the district’s eight buildings.
“It’s a great team to be a part of,” Olin said.
President Retta Livengood said the board is pleased to welcome Olin aboard, though details of his contract have not yet been ironed out.
Indiana law requires the board to provide 10 days’ notice before the public meeting at which Olin will officially be hired. That meeting is slated for 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at the schools’ administrative building, 110 W. North St.
Livengood commended Olin for his enthusiasm in leading the junior high, which opened in August 2010. It was the beginning of Greenfield’s four-tier system, which divided the district’s middle school level into two intermediate schools and one junior high school.
Olin rose to the challenge, Livengood said.
“Everything this corporation has asked him to do, he has stepped up and done,” she said.
The board had been searching for the perfect candidate for months, Livengood added. The board started with 22 candidates and narrowed the pool throughout several rounds of interviews, some of which were held by school administrators, who were asked to weigh in with their thoughts about the candidates.
Many of those same administrators attended Monday’s meeting and stopped to congratulate Olin afterward.
Gellert reacted with delighted surprise at the board’s announcement, calling the decision a “well-kept secret.”