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Welcome to The Superintendent's Office

Dr. Greene

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, teacher, and coach.  He initiated the NJASA 4 Equity initiative as President of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, and is currently Regional Coordinator of the NJ Consortia for Excellence Through Equity-Northwest.  Dr. Greene spearheaded a statewide advocacy campaign resulting in historic improvements to the state’s school funding law, and 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: developing and implementing a restart and recovery plan for schools to reopen after COVID-related closures; 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 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 published a widely-used data source to assess the distribution of state aid.  In response to significant reductions in state aid, he re-calibrated staff levels using an analytic tool he developed from research on the state funding formula. Under Dr. Greene's leadership, the local tax levy was reduced or leveled multiple times, and increases have been reduced to less than half of the previous decade.  He directed the acquisition of funding and/or implementation of 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 supported a strategic planning process to guide school district facility improvements.

Dr. Greene has been recognized for his role in building successful shared services partnerships. He led the development of a 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 state model for producing both educational benefits and cost savings for the participating communities.  Dr. Greene has collaborated with the Town of Newton on marketing plans, pedestrian safety campaigns, and emergency response protocols. 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 capital campaigns to benefit the Newton Medical Center Foundation.

Dr. Greene earned his doctorate in educational 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 recognized with the 2018 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/drgreenesview/home.