GI Public schools may buy Principal insurance building

The Grand Island school district may purchase an old office building in north Grand Island
The Grand Island school district may purchase an old office building in north Grand Island(KOLNKGIN)
Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 10:53 AM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The trend toward “hands-on and experiential learning” may mean Grand Island Public Schools expanding into an old insurance company building.

GIPS has negotiated with Principal for the office building at 3025 College Street in Grand Island.

“We were given the opportunity to look at the building earlier this summer,” said Virgil Harden, GIPS Chief Financial Officer. “The location and price as well as the building layout could provide long-term potential for the district.”

The district and principal have already agreed on the terms. Before the building is officially theirs, both parties still need to sign papers, and the Board of Education will need to make a motion to finalize plans during an executive session. .

Harden said it is not unusual for GIPS to look at property that is for sale.

“Education has become more hands-on and experiential, which requires additional space,” said Dr. Tawana Grover, Superintendent. “As we prepare students to be college, career and community ready, we need to be open to innovative opportunities. Programming as well as appropriate spaces contribute to these opportunities.”

The district wants more space to provide additional programming in areas where they need it. They see opportunities for growth in early childhood, middle school and high school.

Board president Bonnie Hinkle, an employee of Principal, has recused herself from the process to avoid a conflict of interest.

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