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.
Olin graduated from Ball State University in 1993 and taught social studies for Mt.Vernon schools. He worked briefly in Warren Township.
His father taught in Southern Hancock schools for 29 years, and his grandfather retired from Mt. Vernon schools in 1984 as the corporation’s business manager after serving as a teacher, athletic director and principal.
Olin, himself, has served as principal in four of the district’s eight buildings.
He received his superintendent’s license three years ago and completed his doctorate in December.
Olin, his wife, Lori, a kindergarten teacher at J.B. Stephens Elementary, and their three children live in Greenfield.
Olin said his first tasks will be to hire three executive staff positions by filling two elementary school principal positions and an assistant principal spot at Greenfield-Central High School, necessitated by Dan Jack leaving that post to take Olin’s place as principal of Greenfield Central Junior High School.
Olin said the district has very talented internal candidates for those positions, but a search will be conducted outside the district as well.
For the long term, Olin said he simply wants to serve as long as he can.
“I got my doctorate to be eligible for this position,” he said. “Greenfield is a very nice place to be. It’s home for me. I want to be here for a long time.”
Gellert came to Greenfield-Central in 2005 after serving as a superintendent in Bartholomew County for two years.
Gellert has said she intends to stay in Greenfield after her retirement.