Future of proposed GI Northwest middle school uncertain after election

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An effort to fund a new middle school for Grand Island Northwest Public Schools has failed.

According to unofficial results from the Hall County Election Commissioner, more than 69% voted against the bond issue and more than 30% voted for it. Nearly 1,000 people voted on the issue. Other counties are also in the district.

GINW Superintendent Matt Fisher told NTV that turnover on the school board is adding to the uncertainty now surrounding the proposed school.

"Just looking at the statements the candidates that were successful made, you know, one of the key points that they brought was efficiency and potentially closing buildings to be more efficient in terms of the way we serve the district,” said Fisher.

Hall County GINW School Board Results (Top 3 Vote-Getters)

  • Zach Mader - 564 votes, 22.39%
  • Dan Leiser - 526 votes, 20.88%
  • Robin L. Schutt - 388 votes, 15.40%
  • Kim J. Meyer - 373 votes, 14.81%
  • Janel L. Laub - 357 votes, 14.17%
  • Kristina Vlcek - 304 votes, 12.07%
  • Write-In - 7.28%

Superintendent Fisher said alternatives include renovating an existing building, reducing students at the high school to make room for middle schoolers and asking for another bond.

Fisher said he still feels the district is under-serving its students in middle school.

“That problem still exists so definitely there's impact on our students and that's something we're still going to have to find a solution for," he said.

To hear more from Superintendent Fisher, click on the video above.


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