Community Meetings Next Step for GIPS Buildings


The next phase of planning for the future of Grand Island Public Schools is underway.

A facilities task force has met over the last several months, and now school officials are holding community meetings to find out what parents and neighborhoods think about possible changes.

Around 30 people were at the second of four meetings at Stolley Park Elementary Thursday night. It's one of six schools that could be redone or renovated in the future. The others are Engleman Elementary, Shoemaker Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Starr Elementary and Grand Island Senior High.

School officials say growth and space issues they face include increasing enrollment and the fact that older buildings can't accommodate as much programming. They also want to do away with open concept layouts.

Superintendent Dr. Rob Winter says they want as much feedback as they can get before the school board tries to make more finalized plans.

"We're fairly solid on the various schools that we're going to look at. Within that context there's still some decisions to be made and some thoughts, and so that's what we're out asking for today," says Winter.

Two more meetings are scheduled – Feb. 25 at Starr from 7-9 p.m. and Feb. 27 at Jefferson from 7-9 p.m.

It will be up to the school board to discuss and possibly make those detailed plans at their March retreat.