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Local leaders discuss future of Gering Public Schools

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"Focusing on the future" is the major homework assignment Gering Public Schools leaders are looking to complete. 

A group of teachers, students, community and city leaders have wrapped up a two-day strategic plan meeting at the Gering Civic Center this week. 

They worked with a facilitator out of Lincoln and developed goals they hope to achieve within the next three to five years for students, staff and the public school system as a whole.

Bob Hastings, Gering Public Schools Superintendent, says the top goals discussed were improving education and grade configuration.

"We have a 10 (through) 12 high school and a ninth grade academy that's separate in a separate location. Also, we have a 7th and 8th grade and our 6th grade is with the elementary and that was really one of the most prominent things that came out is that we really want to take a look at that," he said.  

The group also focused on technology and updating facilities.

Hastings says students in attendance expressed great feedback on what they want to see in the near future.

"Students noted that (they) really wanted to have more access throughout their program, really wanting to be able to individualize their education so that if they are interested in a 4-year program that they can pursue that, if they're interested in a trade certificate they can get started with that in school and so really starting to kind of broaden those options for students," said the superintendent.

Hastings says out of the nine goals recorded, leaders will choose four or five, reword them and present the goals to school board members with the intention of having them approved. 

Once the goals are approved, leaders are expected to develop action plans for each goal within the next month. 

"We're calling on experts to put action plans in place and putting goals forward.

So if we don't take the time to stop and sit down and really take stock of where we are and really take a good hard look at where we think we want to go we're just going to get blown around by the strong western Nebraska wind," he said.


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