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New GPS Superintendent announced

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Courtesy of Gretna Public Schools
After a unanimous vote, the Gretna Public Schools Board of Education announced Travis Lightle as the next Superintendent of the district on Jan. 20.

Those who were singing Travis Lightle’s praises as he called snow days over the past two weeks will be pleased to hear that he will be sticking around.

Earlier this morning, the Gretna Public Schools Board of Education made the decision, after a unanimous vote, that he would no longer be interim superintendent, but the official superintendent of GPS going forward.

Lightle has been the interim superintendent since Dr. Rich Beran’s resignation last May, but he now holds the official title.

Lightle was one of three finalists in the Board’s search, along with Dr. Devin Embray, current superintendent of Glenwood Public Schools and Dr. Joshua McDowell, current superintendent of Crete Public Schools. 

Giving him an edge over his competition was the fact that he has 23 years of experience in education with 20 of those being in GPS. Over those two decades, he served as a fifth grade teacher, an assistant elementary principal, elementary principal, a director of student services, assistant superintendent to Dr. Richard Beran and then as interim superintendent after Beran’s retirement

In addition to his own children attending Gretna schools, Lightle has Nebraska roots. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Nebraska Kearney and then his Master’s degree in Education from Creighton University.

For now, Lightle is the Superintendent select, and the Board will finalize his superintendent contract at an upcoming board meeting.

 

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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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