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GIPS announces principal adjustments

Grand Island Public Schools announced some significant staffing changes Friday night.
Grand Island Public Schools announced some significant staffing changes Friday night.(Pixabay)
Published: Feb. 12, 2021 at 9:35 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools announced some significant staffing changes Friday night.

Stolley Park Principal Michael Persampieri will be transitioning into a Special Education Program Coordinator position at Walnut Middle School. With a background as a school psychologist, special education has long been a passion of Persampieri’s according to GIPS. The district went on to say it is excited that Persampieri will continue to leave a lasting impact on students in the community.

Current GIPS Virtual School Principal Whitney Flower will assume Persampieri’s position at Stolley Park in addition to her current role. Flower was named Virtual Elementary School Principal in August and welcomes the new responsibilities.

“I am so excited for the opportunity to lead the Stolley Park staff and students in the upcoming year,” Flower said. “Stolley Park has a long-standing history of excellence in our community. Being a Grand Island-native and having been with the district for 12 years, I have seen how the strong family involvement and experienced staff positively contributes to Stolley student achievement.

“It has been an honor to lead GIPS Virtual Elementary this school year,” Flower continued. “Continuing to bring virtual educational opportunities to GIPS elementary students is a dream of the Virtual Elementary School staff. To come alongside the established onsite Stolley is realizing through hard work and collaboration we can continue to provide rich virtual opportunities. I am ready to lead the two schools together, build upon the successes they have had, and construct a learning community that innovates and achieves together.”

Additionally, GIPS Virtual School will be housed at Stolley Park Elementary School next year. The district says it’s re-imagining what virtual school looks like in terms of access and experience, and recognizes that a physical location will allow GIPS to personalize the educational experience for students and their families. Virtual students will be able to come on site for campus celebrations or to check out books at the library.

GIPS thanked Persampieri and Flower for their many accomplishments and continued dedication to upholding the district mission of Every Student, Every Day, A Success!

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