Welcome to The Superintendent's Office
Dr. G. Kennedy Greene serves as Superintendent of the Newton Public Schools, the most recent chapter in more than three decades as a public educator including roles as principal, assistant principal, teacher, and coach. He created the NJASA 4 Equity initiative as president of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators and is a regional coordinator of the New Jersey Consortia for Excellence Through Equity. Dr. Greene served on the New Jersey Department of Education’s School Reopening Steering Committee, and published a database to track, analyze, and communicate COVID-related health information. He has been recognized by his peers in two counties as Administrator of the Year.
Notable accomplishments in the Newton Public Schools under Dr. Greene’s leadership include: designation as a high performing school district; 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; and recognition for having the county's healthiest elementary and middle schools and best high school community service organization. All Newton schools achieved state sustainability certification, one is a state model program for positive behavior intervention, and another is a national school of character.
Dr. Greene has facilitated the effective, efficient, and equitable allocation of school resources. He helped lead a statewide advocacy campaign resulting in greater fairness in the state’s school funding law, and published the widely-used Funding Fairness Index to analyze the elements of the formula. Under Dr. Greene's leadership, average local tax levy increases have been reduced to less than half of the previous decade, including multiple years with tax decreases. He has acquired funding and/or implemented cost savings for a federal 21st Century Community Learning Center; preschool expansion; dark fiber broadband network; health insurance premium reductions; and clean energy initiatives among others. He directed a strategic planning process to guide school district facility improvements.
Dr. Greene has played a key role in building successful shared services partnerships. He developed a state-recognized community schools model to bring health and social services directly to students and families. He helped guide a consortium of districts featured in NJSBA's School Leader as a model for producing both educational benefits and cost savings for the participating communities. Dr. Greene was named a Champion For Children by the United Way of Northern New Jersey. He has also served the region through Sussex County Community College's Presidential Search and SCCC 2020 committees, Project Self-Sufficiency's Season of Hope and Youth Corps initiatives, and Newton Medical Center Foundation capital campaigns.
Dr. Greene earned his doctorate in education administration at Teachers College, Columbia University, and his research was published in the Journal of Education Finance. He has been a founding faculty member of three education leadership programs: the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University; the Urban Principals Academy at Lehigh University; and the Ed.D. Program at Centenary University. Dr. Greene’s teaching was honored with the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the University Council for Educational Administration. His curriculum vitae and other information can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/gkennedygreene.
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