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Three different GIPS programs to move into former Principal building

(Grand Island, NE) -  GEAR UP GIPS, the College & Career Achievement Center and the Hall County Community Collaborative (H3C) will move into the former Principal building this summer.

“GIPS is excited to bring these critical opportunities for students, district families and community partners to a more centralized location,” said GIPS Superintendent Dr. Tawana Grover. “It’s fitting that this is the first announcement regarding the use of this space since we’ve long said that the purchase of his property was made to benefit our entire community.”

Master facility planning is underway, and GIPS will continue to work with the community to determine future moves for this property. A committee has been assembled to rename the building in the coming weeks. 

The new location will allow GEAR UP GIPS to host after-school events for college and career readiness, scale up systems of support, and create more access to student achievement and support services for both virtual and on-site students.

“This exciting opportunity will help us provide extracurricular and extended learning opportunities, clubs and activities for all students in the cohort,” said GEAR UP Director Dr. Allison Bailey. “This will be a critical step for our district to provide resources to students and their families, and will help us collaborate with all in our community.”

Academic coaches, mentors, college advisors and tutors will now be able to implement a system of support for on-site interventionists at Barr, Walnut and Westridge middle schools, 6-12 Virtual School and all of the Academies at Grand Island Senior High.

“We appreciate that we can have this space for close collaboration with GIPS,” said HC3 Executive Director Julie Nash. “Hall County Community Collaborative is excited about our upcoming move. Our passion and commitment for bringing partners together will remain the same, but this will allow H3C to continue to grow. We are so thankful for Grand Island Public Schools’ dedication to H3C’s work, its commitment to the community and providing us a great space that will allow us to continue to facilitate collaboration to ensure a safe, healthy and thriving community for all.”

This transition represents the first step in the district’s use of available space offered by the former Principal building. Additional areas of the building will be used for staff development and family engagement. 

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