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Kort named GIPS recruitment & retention coordinator

Grand Island Public Schools is pleased to announce Brian Kort has accepted the position of recruitment & retention coordinator. Kort, currently the Barr Middle School principal, will start the new administrative position Jan. 22.

“Mr. Kort has a long history as an educator and administrator in our district, working with our staff and on behalf of our students. As a principal he understood the importance of finding and hiring the right teachers to fit our culture,” said Dr. Tawana Grover, GIPS superintendent. “We look forward to Mr. Kort working year-round to recruit the best educators to our district for our kids.”

The recruitment & retention coordinator is a new position for the district. Previously, GIPS has utilized retired school administrators to assist seasonally during the spring to help recruit teachers and fill open positions.

Beyond the recruiting and interviewing every January through June, this position will work to strengthen district relationships with colleges and universities, selling the GIPS brand and increasing the numbers of quality teachers-in-training who can experience the district through field experiences, practicums and student teaching.

Additionally, Kort will work to develop and mobilize retention efforts, focused on our recently hired teachers to support their transition into the district and community.

“This position is an exciting move for me,” Kort said. “I’ve loved my time with the Barr students, staff and families. I look forward to helping the entire district achieve our goals through the recruitment and hiring of great teachers.”

Kort started with GIPS in 2001. He has been principal at Barr since 2010. He will now work in the Human Resources department under executive director Wayne Stelk.

The need for this position has been growing, Stelk said.

“We have felt the importance of maintaining and improving our recruitment efforts for some time,” he said. “This need was anticipated and budgeted for during the 2017-2018 staffing plan process.”

Current Barr assistant principal Tim Hekrdle will be the interim principal for the remainder of the year. A full-time principal will be hired to start this summer.