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Welcome to The Superintendent's Office

Dr. Greene

Dr. G. Kennedy Greene has served as Superintendent of the Newton Public Schools since 2009, part of over three decades in public education including roles as school principal, classroom teacher, and athletic coach.  He is President of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, liaison to its Legislative and Great Schools NJ Committees, and past President of the Sussex County Superintendents Roundtable Association.  Dr. Greene has been recognized by his peers as Sussex County Superintendent of the Year and Warren County Administrator of the Year.

Notable accomplishments in the Newton Public Schools under Dr. Greene’s leadership include: increased student achievement as measured by multiple academic growth and college readiness data; College Board AP Honor Roll designation for significant gains in student access and performance; the highest graduation and college attendance rates in district history; recognition for having the county's healthiest elementary and middle schools and the county's best high school community service organization. All Newton schools have achieved state sustainability certification, one is a model program for positive behavior intervention, and one is a National School of Character.

Dr. Greene has facilitated the effective, efficient, and equitable allocation of school resources.  He led a statewide campaign resulting in a historic change to New Jersey's school funding law.  Dr. Greene annually publishes a widely-used data source, the Funding Fairness Index, to assess the distribution of state aid to schools. In response to a significant reduction in state aid, he re-calibrated staffing levels using an analytic tool he developed from research on the state's funding formula. Under Dr. Greene's leadership, average local tax levy increases in his district have been reduced to less than half that of the previous decade, including three tax decreases over that time.  He has acquired funding and/or implemented cost savings for a 21st Century Community Learning Center; preschool expansion; dark fiber broadband network; health insurance carrier changes; and clean energy initiatives among others.  He also directed a strategic planning process to guide future development of school facilities improvements in the district.

Dr. Greene has been recognized for his role in building successful shared services partnerships. He is implementing a community schools model to bring health and social services directly to students and families.  He helped lead a consortium of sending/receiving districts featured in NJSBA's School Leader as a model for producing both educational benefits and cost savings for the participating communities.  Dr. Greene has collaborated with the Town of Newton on initiatives such as a joint marketing plan, pedestrian safety campaign, and emergency response protocols. He has also served the region through Sussex County Community College's presidential search and 2020 committees, Project Self-Sufficiency's Season of Hope and Youth Corps initiatives, and capital campaigns to benefit the Newton Medical Center Foundation.

Dr. Greene earned his Ed.D. in Educational Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University, and published an article on resource allocation and student achievement in the Journal of Education Finance.  He has been a founding faculty member of three educational leadership programs: the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College; the Urban Principals Academy at Lehigh University; and the Ed.D. Program at Centenary University.  Dr. Greene currently teaches courses on resource management, school finance, and law and ethics.  He communicates professionally on Twitter @gkgreene3 and posts reflections on school leadership at drgreenenewton.blogspot.com.