GCHS selects new principal

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

Glenwood Community High School has found it’s new principal.

Gregory “Shane” Stephens was offered and accepted the principal position on Sunday. The hiring of Stephens will become official when formally approved by the Glenwood Community School District Board of Directors at its May 13 board meeting.

Stephens, a Stanton native, currently serves as Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at Perry High School.

Stephens was one of five candidates interviewed on Friday by Glenwood Superintendent Devin Embray, the school board and committees comprised of teachers, students and parents.

Embray said Stephens stood out from the crowd almost immediately.
“He’s a very positive and enthusiastic leader,” Embray said. “He’s going to do a great job at the high school. He’s consensus oriented and he’s going to come in and work as a team. I was very impressed with his desire to be on the instructional side, helping staff in their quest to provide interventions for students who may be failing or struggling.

“He brings a great background and is someone who will fit into our district quite well.”

Stephens takes over the principal duties July 1. His starting salary will be $85,000. He replaces former principal Kerry Newman, who resigned in March after reaching a settlement agreement with the district following an investigation that led to the school board formally recommending she be fired.