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Hinkle receives Ann Mactier Leadership for Learning Award

Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education president Bonnie Hinkle received the Ann Mactier Leadership for Learning Award during a ceremony at the Nebraska Association of School Boards conference Thursday in LaVista.

The Nebraska Association of School Boards and the Nebraska State Board of Education jointly sponsor this award that recognizes local school board members for their policy leadership and contributions to curriculum and instruction in Nebraska public schools. John Witzel, Nebraska Department of Education, presented the award to Hinkle.

"She works collaboratively with all members of the board and is uniquely able to speak in strong support of students while maintaining a sense of respect for everyone at the table," Witzel said.

Hinkle said she was honored to receive the award.

“I feel like I should have eight other Board members, our superintendent and administrators up here with me because we all love kids,” Hinkle said in accepting the award.

Hinkle has served on the GIPS Board of Education for 11 years, serving as president since 2015. She has also served on standing and special committees including Curriculum, Personnel, Extra-Standard, Healthy Kids, Education Foundation, Finance & Facilities, Calendar, Labor Relations, Key Communicator, Parent Advisory Council, Technology, Public Relations, High School Visioning and Strategic Advisory Committee.

“We have been blessed to have the leadership of Mrs. Hinkle on the GIPS Board of Education,” said Dr. Tawana Grover, GIPS Superintendent. “Her guidance during my time in the district and well before it has been instrumental in providing opportunities for our students. Her work on the strategic plan has set the foundation for a successful future for our district.”