The interim principal at Hopewell High School has been named to that position on a permanent basis, and two other Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools have new principals after school board action Wednesday night.
The board named J. Dino Gisiano as full-time principal at Hopewell. He has held that position on an interim basis since mid-October.
Also appointed principals were Katharine Bonasera at Allenbrook Elementary School and Celeste Spears-Ellis at David Cox Elementary.
The principal’s position at Hopewell had been in flux for the first few months of the school year after former principal Michael Jones went on medical leave late in the summer.
CMS appointed Ann Ferguson, an assistant principal at Butler High, to fill in for Jones until he returned. But when Jones’ leave was extended, CMS moved Ferguson back to Butler and brought in Gisiano.
Several Hopewell parents complained about the changes and lobbied CMS for stability.
Jones eventually resigned because of health problems, and the board now has named Gisiano to lead the school. He taught mathematics at Olympic High and then Myers Park High from 2005 to 2011, when he was named dean of students at Myers Park.
He was an instructional data coach in the Office of Accountability in 2012, and CMS officials say Gisiano was in the “principals pool” when he was named interim at Hopewell in October.
Spears-Ellis will replace Ron Dixon at David Cox Elementary. Dixon is retiring at the end of this month.
Bonasera was resident principal in the New Leaders for New Schools program at Hickory Grove Elementary in the 2011-12 academic year. She taught at Shamrock Gardens Elementary for four years before that.
Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer.Read moreRead less