GRAND ISLAND, NE. -- Grand Island Public Schools Board of Education approved Dr. Tawana Grover’s resignation Monday night.

After sever years with the district, Dr. Grover resigned on Friday. She was the first Black superintendent in the state of Nebraska. Dr. Grover said she’s grown a lot and that she doesn’t regret anything. 

“The kids, that’s always the answer for me, no matter what we’re going through, no matter what. I'm going to miss all the selfies, the hugs, all the 'hey Dr. Grovers,' all the challenges. I always encourage our kids to speak up, talk to us about what they want, what they need, and it’s been many of their ideas that have fostered a number of the initiatives that we have been able to launch here in Grand Island Public Schools. So, I'm going to miss them tremendously," Grover said. 

GIPS Board of Education President Lisa Albers said that the board is already looking for a new person for the position. The board also had a meeting with NASB to talk about finding an interim superintendent and also a permanent one.  

“I’m looking for somebody that can work with collaboratively in both cases, somebody that’s used to working with a very diverse population, that’s used to working with kids that are living in poverty that have a lot of trauma and I want to make sure that there’s someone that’s going to put kids first,” she said. 

The board said it hoped to have some names by the first week of January and from there they will progress with interviews and potentially hiring.