Study to look at if Catholic elementary in GI is feasible

Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 5:10 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Steps are being taken to look at adding a Catholic elementary to Grand Island.

During Thursday night’s meeting, the Grand Island Central Catholic School Board approved a financial feasibility study for building an elementary school.

GICC Principal Jordan Engle told Local4 that they’ve been discussing an elementary school at GICC for the past four years at a high level.

In 2019, GICC published a public interest study, which showed a 90% favorability rating of having a Catholic elementary in Grand Island.

This new study that was just approved is intended to determine whether or not a capital campaign to build that school is feasible with current financial giving in and around Grand Island. The study will interview school stakeholders and community members to determine this information.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, a tuition freeze was approved for the next school year. Engle said this has not happened for several decades, but they find themselves in a position where they can help all families this upcoming year.

The other item of interest was the approval of up to 12 weeks of donated sick/family leave. He said in essence this paves the way for paid maternity leave.

As for the donated sick time, we believe in the values taught by the Catholic church including the importance of family,” Engle said. “Families are the building blocks of our school and our Church. We see no reason employees of our school should feel financially responsible for having children.”

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