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John Byrn of North Platte is the recommended choice to become the new principal at Jefferson Elementary school.If the school board gives its customary approval, Byrn will fill the vacancy created by the recent resignations of George Schere and then Denise DiGiovanni.
DiGiovanni's resignation was accepted by the school board Tuesday. She had informed the central office of her intention to resign 12 days earlier.
North Platte Public Schools Associate Supt. Tami Eshleman made the announcement Thursday on behalf of Supt. Marty Bassett.
Byrn has been with the school district for 12 years, serving in a variety of capacities -- middle school alternative education teacher, dean of students at Madison Middle School, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teacher and a middle school sports coach, Eshleman said.
Byrn has a bachelor of arts in education from Emporia State University and is expected to finish his studies for an advanced degree in administration this summer at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
He is married to North Platte native, Shelly (Sack), a teacher and coach at St. Patrick’s High School. They have two children.
"John brings varied experience to Jefferson Elementary,” Eshleman said. “He has experience in a Title I building (comprised of students from low-to moderate income households) and will be an advocate for the students and families. John’s honesty and integrity were noted by the interview team."
Applicants for Jefferson principal were screened and contacted for interviews after reference checks were completed. Interviews were conducted Wednesday by a team of district administrators, an elementary principal, Jefferson staff and teachers, Eshleman said.