School board votes unanimously to approve longtime principal

GREENFIELD — There was little doubt how Greenfield-Central’s incoming superintendent will be received as Harold Olin was unanimously approved Monday to take the reins next year and received a standing ovation in the process.

As expected, the school board confirmed Olin as G-C’s new superintendent after a lengthy search that began last September.

Currently principal at Greenfield Central Junior High, 42-year-old Olin will succeed Linda Gellert, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Olin’s formal hiring follows the school board’s Feb. 10 announcement of its intention to make him the next superintendent and a Feb. 26 public hearing on his contract that drew no opposition or comment.

“This is fantastic,” Olin said after the meeting. “Greenfield has always felt like home to me. It’s like a dream come true.”

Olin brings local roots and experience to the Greenfield-Central leadership position.

He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1989 and returned to Maxwell Middle School as a college student for his student teaching.

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