Grand Island Public Schools and the Board of Education are constantly reviewing our operations to ensure we are being fiscally responsible, both on behalf of our community taxpayers and the students we serve.
Construction progress on schedule for bond projects
Of the seven projects involved in the successful 2014 bond issue, two are complete, three more are under construction and two are in the design phase.
Engleman Elementary's expansion on the west side was completed in December 2015. The 14K-square-foot addition included eight new classrooms and a resource room.
Shoemaker Elementary's renovation and expansion was completed in August 2016. The remodel and additions expanded the school to four units and eliminated open concept classrooms. In all, the project added 23K square foot and remodeled 18.5K square foot.
The renovation of the Grand Island Senior High 100 wing is very close to finished. The first of three phases was complete in August, the second later in the fall and the final phase will be complete by January. The renovation is repurposing 17.5K square foot of shop space left vacant when classes moved to Career Pathways Institute - Adams Street.
Barr Middle School is currently in the middle of a multi-year renovation and expansion. The expanded cafeteria was completed this fall. The south addition for classroom space will be completed this winter, followed by the north addition for explore classroom space in the spring. Next summer and fall the remodel of the office, counselors' area, corridor flooring and safety vestibule entrance will take place.
The new Starr Elementary saw all exterior walls and the roof put in place this year. At it's new location on Adams Street, Starr will be a four-unit building, replacing the open-concept building the school currently has. The new Starr will be open in time for school in the fall fo 2017.
Jefferson and Stolley Park elementary schools will begin the construction of their new buildings as soon as the school year ends. Construction of both buildings will take place at the current locations and will last two years. They will both open for the start of school in the fall of 2019.
Many positive changes for GIPS business office
It has been a year of change in the Grand Island Public Schools business office. However, new staff roles and new programs haven’t changed our focus: supporting the staff, students and community in being better together every day.
After years of trying various online payment methods for the sale of theater tickets with minimal success, this year we were able to work with a new vendor and achieved over $10,000 in online ticket sales with zero issues. This change opens the possibility for growing our online payment opportunities.
This year the business office has four employees starting their first full school year with the district or in a new position: Lori Forsythe, Payroll Administrator; Mali Barber, Accountant; Brenda Anderson, Staff Accountant; and Nancy Reynolds, Staff Accountant.
The GIPS business office works hard to maintain financial responsibilities for the district, always supporting the work being done for our students.