Grand Island Public School officials held a facilities meeting Monday night at Walnut Middle School.
They've been meeting regularly since they attended a retreat in March to discuss the district's growing needs, and on September 9 they involved community members. Following that meeting, many submitted questions and now schools officials are addressing those.
The board had identified $120 million worth of issues in the district, but since they can't spend that much, they're prioritizing.
Jack Sheard, with GIPS communications, said, "Some priorities include enrollment numbers and the space we have for students, and program needs and different program growth, also our educational space."
Steve Kunzman, a parent of three kids in GIPS said, "The main concern is that we have enough room; we have classes that are less than conducive."
GIPS Superintendent Dr. Rob Winter said, "We recognize that we're not going to get all our needs met in this go-around, so the community needs to be part of the prioritizations."
Deb Gnuse, a fourth grade GIPS teacher, said "Parents from open concept worry about noise level safety; parents from senior high are concerned about size; and Barr and Walnut parents are concerned in size."
In 1991 the district had 7,238 students, currently their number is around 9,200 and in 2016 the district projects they'll have around 9,833 students, making remodeling and expanding schools high on their wish list.
"Prioritizing is not easy and it's good they're asking for community input," Kunzman said.