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Holy Spirit Prep names new head of school
by Staff Reports
March 14, 2013 09:54 AM | 6218 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
 Kyle Pietrantonio
Kyle Pietrantonio
In a news release Wednesday, Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Sandy Springs announced Kyle Pietrantonio assumed the position of head of school March 1. He replaces Gareth Genner, who resigned, effective Feb. 28, to become chancellor of Holy Spirit College.

Prior to his appointment as head of school, Pietrantonio served as the school’s associate head of school and lower school principal. He has supported the school for eight years in numerous roles, including high school history and Latin teacher and junior high principal. More recently, Pietrantonio oversaw a $2 million renovation to the lower school campus.

“We are excited for the future of the school and the new leadership under Kyle Pietrantonio,” board chair Joann Jones said, speaking on behalf of the board. “The school is exceptionally grateful to Gareth Genner for his significant contributions during his tenure, and we appreciate his availability over the next several months to provide any necessary consultation to our new head of school and the board.”

Genner will be available as a consultant to the board, which will ensure a smooth transition in leadership for the school community.

In an emailed response to a question about his transition, Jones said, “Last year, Mr. Genner and the board began a search for a new head of school. At that time, Mr. Genner had graciously agreed to remain at the school after the new head's appointment in order to assist in the transition. When the Board concluded its search and selected Mr. Pietrantonio as the candidate, the transition was not necessary in the same way as anticipated because Mr. Pietrantonio (associate head of school and lower school principal) was already well familiar with the school. While Mr. Genner has other ventures in higher education in which he is involved, we are gratified that he will be available to consult with the School should Mr. Pietrantonio or the board need his counsel during the transition.”

Pietrantonio has strong connections to both the Catholic and private school marketplace, locally and nationally. Pietrantonio is a Ph.D. candidate in educational leadership and policy studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington. As a member of the Class of 2013 in Catholic Charities Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Sandy Springs, programs dedicated to civic engagement and community development, he continues to engage himself professionally in areas related to the development of education. In 2007, he was awarded the prestigious E.E. Ford Fellowship from that National Association of Independent Schools for aspiring heads of school. In 2011, Pietrantonio was honored to be invited by Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to serve on a feasibility board for a Cristo Rey Catholic high school here in Atlanta.

“I am honored to serve Holy Spirit Prep in this leadership role,” Pietrantonio said. “Familiar with the landscape of Catholic education in our area and across our country, I know Holy Spirit Prep to stand out in important ways: an extraordinary faculty — wonderful women and men of faith — dedicated and devoted to helping students reach their potential, an amazing student body proud of their school and blessed with many diverse gifts and a community of parents whose generous spirit, support and partnership are unparalleled. Out of this comes a precious energy that binds a faith community and academic community together. My hope is to harness this energy in ways that will only further enhance the Holy Spirit Prep experience.”

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