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Longtime assistant gets Eden’s top job

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GREENFIELD — The Greenfield-Central School Board tapped Devon Marine Friday morning to serve as the new principal of Eden Elementary School.

Marine, 36, has seven years’ administrative experience and is a familiar face in the Greenfield-Central family. He has been the assistant principal at Maxwell Intermediate School for the past year and previously served in the same role at Greenfield Central Junior High School (three years) and Maxwell Middle School (three years).

Marine replaces Joey Johnson, who has retired.

Incoming Superintendent Harold Olin introduced Marine to the school board Friday at a special meeting.

Olin said Marine has demonstrated qualities over the years that make him a good choice for the leadership position.

“He’s been very efficient and effective in all of his roles,” Olin said. “Glad to have him aboard.”

Marine said the G-C administrative team has always worked well together and communicated openly about issues affecting their buildings, so he feels comfortable coordinating with Johnson during the quick transition period before he takes the reins.

“I’m going to pick his brain, for sure,” Marine said. “I’m just really excited to start. I’m fortunate because I’ve been in Greenfield for seven years, and I already know the administrators.”

Joked Johnson, “I already told him I’m going to copy all my files onto a hard drive and give it to him as a gift.”

Johnson said Marine is level-headed and calm and will mesh well with students and staff in his new building.

“He such a good fit for Eden – perfect fit,” Johnson said.

Johnson is one of three G-C elementary school principals to retire this year. J.B. Stephens Principal Candy short will be replaced by Matt Davis, who has served as assistant principal of Pendleton Elementary School in Madison County. Shane Bryant, currently the principal of Parker Elementary School in New Castle, will fill the principal position at Weston Elementary, succeeding Steve Burt.

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