Welcome to The Superintendent's Office
Dr. G. Kennedy Greene has served as Superintendent of the Newton Public Schools since 2009, part of a thirty-year plus career in public education including roles as school principal, classroom teacher, and athletic coach. He is President-Elect of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, liaison to its Legislative and Shared Services 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 and the lowest dropout rate in district history; recognition for having the county's healthiest elementary and middle schools and the county's best high school community service organization; and excellence in STEM education with nationally competitive robotics and agriculture programs, county champion math and science teams, and strong partnerships with high tech organizations such as Picatinny Arsenal, Thorlabs, and Johnson & Johnson. Recently, the schools have achieved state sustainability certification, and one has been named a National School of Character.
Dr. Greene has facilitated the effective, efficient, and equitable allocation of school resources. He advocated for cost savings measures and/or grant funding for a 21st Century Community Learning Center; dark fiber broadband network; health insurance carrier changes; and clean energy initiatives among others. Under his leadership, average local tax levy increases have been reduced to nearly half of what they were in the previous decade. 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. Dr. Greene publishes his Funding Fairness Index annually as part of a broad-based campaign for a more equitable distribution of state aid to schools. He has directed a strategic planning process to guide future development of school facilities improvements in his district.
Dr. Greene has also been recognized for his role in building successful shared services partnerships. He is directing the implementation of 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 is a founding faculty member of both the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College and the Urban Principals Academy at Lehigh University, currently teaching courses on resource management and law and ethics. He communicates professionally on Twitter @gkgreene3 and posts reflections on school leadership at drgreenenewton.blogspot.com.