GIPS temporary plan for old Principal building

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 7:25 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Public Schools is moving three programs into the old Principal building this summer, however nothing is set in stone.

“We’re still in transition, you know, what can go there permanently,” GIPS Associate Superintendent Robin Dexter said. “Is it just going to be a place where we get a new grant and we need some space, we can put people there, so really open to what it’s going to be specifically used for.”

They plan to move the middle and high school virtual learning offices, the Hall County Community Collaborative and the Gear Up program into the building sometime in July.

“Being at that location is going to allow us to scale up services and have a community-based location while also still being able to provide on-site services in our middle and high school buildings,” said Gear Up Director Allison Bailey.

Gear Up is a federal program which provides resources and support to prepare students for college. They will be using the space for a College and Career Achievement Center.

“It will enable us to provide services or special events like a college fair or something on days when schools are closed because it’s a community site,” Bailey said.

The district wanted to address needs within the district and they felt these three programs were a good start. However, there’s still plenty of room to add more.

“We are in need of space everywhere and that’s what makes a decision hard about ok what program goes there,” Dexter said.

Right now, GIPS has a committee in place to name the building and to determine how they can best utilize the space.

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