Former HR Chief returns to Grand Island Public Schools

District looking to replace Kristen Irey in Human Resources
Former HR chief Wayne Stelk returns to GIPS in part-time position.
Former HR chief Wayne Stelk returns to GIPS in part-time position.(Grand Island Public Schools)
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 4:06 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The former Chief of Human Resources at Grand Island Public Schools is returning to the district as Interim Director.

Wayne Stelk left the department last year after 22 years in charge of HR.

In a press release Tuesday, the district announced that he would be returning on a temporary part-time basis, working 20 hours per week for the next six months. His title is Interim Director of Human Resources.

The district also announced that Kristen Irey is leaving her position as the GIPS Chief of Human Capital Management in order to pursue “a new professional opportunity.”

“I can’t think of a better way to facilitate the future growth of our HR department than by welcoming back one of our anchors in Mr. Stelk.” Dr. Tawana Grover, GIPS Superintendent, said in a prepared release, “He knows all the good our district has to offer and his storied history with our staff will be a welcome addition as we take our time recruiting and empowering the next great leader for the department. We are happy and grateful for Mr. Stelk’s generosity in bringing his time and expertise back to GIPS for the next six months!”

Stelk said he was looking forward to serving GIPS again, “I made many great relationships during my time with GIPS, and I am fully committed to the district mission. I’m honored to be of assistance again to GIPS.”

The district has begun a nationwide search to replace Irey as a full-time permanent head of its Human Resources Department. The district said Stelk will be part of the team evaluating new candidates.

In the interim, Brian Kort will serve as the Human Resources primary point of contact beginning this week.

In April, former boys soccer coach Jeremy Jensen criticized the district, claiming that “teachers are leaving in masses, causing staffing issues that are beyond repair.”

The district made a lot of new hires this past summer, and at the beginning of this school year Grover said it had “100% of its classrooms covered across Grand Island Public Schools.”