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Search for GPS Superintendent narrowed, School Board plans to announce new superintendent in near future

Three finalists in the Gretna Public Schools superintendent search have been named by the GPS Board of Education after a special meeting was held yesterday. Today, they announced Travis Lightle, Dr. Devin Embray and Dr. Joshua McDowell as the finalists. 

The three will interview with parents, staff, administrators, and community members on Thursday, Jan. 17, and Friday, Jan. 18. The Board will announce the next superintendent later this month. 

Lightle is currently serving as the GPS Interim Superintendent. He has held this position since Dr. Rich Beran’s resignation last May. He has worked in the education field for 24 years, 20 of which have been with GPS. 

In addition to Lightle’s experience, as GPS Interim Superintendent, the other two candidates, Embray and McDowell, also have experience as they are both current superintendents.

Embray has served as the superintendent for Glenwood Community Schools in Iowa since 2010. He has worked in the education administration field for 27 years. 

McDowell has served as superintendent for Crete Public Schools in Nebraska since 2019. He has worked in the education field as a teacher or administrator for 20 years.

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Madeline Petrick, Editor-in-chief
Madeline Petrick, otherwise known as Madie, is a sophomore at GEHS. She was on the Gretna Media staff at Gretna High last year. This year she is the GEHS Wingspan's Editor-in-chief. Madie has wanted to be a journalist since she was in fourth grade. She loves finding stories to tell and sharing her creativity with the world. As a freshman, Madie won first place for entertainment review writing at the NSAA High School State Journalism championships for Class A. Outside of the journalism world, she devotes her time to writing, swimming and being involved at school. She has swam competitively for the past nine years and continues to swim for the Gretna Swim team which is the joined swim team of GEHS and GHS. Along with journalism and swimming, Madie is a member of the Student Council. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, her dogs and blasting music, mostly Taylor Swift.  This year she won a Best of SNO award for her story "Gretna family, non-profit, inspired by personal experience, create beacon of hope."  
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