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High School Principal Suspended Less Than A Month Before New School Year

Gwendolyn Glenn/ WFAE
Hopewell High Principal John Dino Gisiano

Hopewell High School Principal John Dino Gisiano has been suspended with pay, and an interim principal will be named soon as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials conduct an inquiry involving Gisiano.

Credit Gwendolyn Glenn
Hopewell High on Beatties Ford Road

CMS officials would not say why the Beatties Ford Road school’s principal is being investigated. They released a statement from Hopewell's Learning Community Superintendent to parents that only said  that the matter does not involve any students and that the suspension was effective July 23. CMS officials said they could not share further details at this time.

The suspension comes less than a month before the new school year begins. The statement released said Gisiano’s suspension will not disrupt the school’s opening, and that the interim principal will be appointed next week.

Gisiano has worked for the school district since 2005 and was appointed Hopewell's principal in 2013. An email to him was returned with an automatic reply that said, “I am currently out of the office and have limited access to email.”

Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.