Demolition Begins On Old Engleman School Building
(Grand Island, NE) - Grand Island Public Schools is saying farewell to the old Engleman school building on Capital Avenue that once housed classrooms, wonderful teachers, and vibrant students. Built-in 1959, the old Engleman Elementary building opened its doors for classes in 1960. Over the next 48 years, the facility saw a 15,000+ ft. expansion project, and hundreds of elementary students grace its halls. The building’s last few years of use were spent housing the district Early Childhood Learning Center until GIPS opened the O’Conner Learning Center — an innovative reimagining of the old Shopko store — in 2021.
In a release from GIPS, "We are grateful for the history the old Engleman building carries. In that light, GIPS is also proud to be able to say our district has grown and evolved to meet the needs of our students and teachers. Going forward, upon demolition completion, we will be pleased to list the property for sale so that it may bring new, exciting opportunities to our community".
Bricks from the building will be available to the public beginning Thursday, May 26th for those that would like a keepsake. Community members may pick up a brick on the southwest corner of the property at Capital and Engleman.