Changes in store for Gainesville students as new high school opens

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

GAINESVILLE, Tex. -- The Gainesville Independent School District has some big changes in store for the upcoming school year, most of which will be taking place at the brand new high school. Stephanie Breltic has the details.

After spending five decades in the same school, there will now be new and exciting changes, like an on-campus radio and TV station, upgraded technology, plus the opportunity to earn college credit.

"We've got the junior college across the road which is going to allow our students to take more dual credit classes. Our kids are going to be graduating high school with thirty or more credits, college credits,” Gainesville I.S.D. superintendent Bill Gravitt says.

The need for a new building started at the junior high. Those students will take over the current building, and the new facility will allow the district to keep up with increasing numbers of students with 175,000-square feet of space.

It’s that extra space that soon to be sophomore Zachary Wolfe is nervous about.

"I just got done getting used to the old high school and now it's another new high school so it's going to be different. It's a lot bigger, different people, and it's just a whole different thing."

Even with the fears that come with change, Superintendent Bill Gravitt says he's excited to see the kids actually fill the halls, enjoying some of the amenities, like a coffee shop and two gymnasiums, and even getting used to the new rule changes like a new standardized dress code. They are all things he hopes help the kids make the school their own.

"We wanted the kids to feel like this is their facility, and they had something new, something to take care of, something to be responsible for."

Workers spent the day putting the finishing touches on the new school for tonight's ribbon cutting on the $24.5 million facility.

Administrators say the building should be ready for students by the first day of school in late August.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 26, 2008 at 09:45 PM
    Bill Gravitt is an idiot, along with the rest of the school board. He was a lousy principal, and somehow made it to the top of the food chain. This new high school pails in comparison to the old one, and it feels like a death camp ran by power hungry Nazis. Thank you Mr. Bill Gravitt for finally getting the chance to ruin my senior year, and ruining Gainesville High School forever, we will never recover from what you have done.
  • by Anonymous Also Location: Gainesville on Aug 12, 2008 at 10:01 PM
    The new school will help them keep up with increasing numbers? Didn't GISD lose tons of students to surrounding districts this past year? Why does this district continue to struggle so much? I say it's time to start at the top with a new school board that doesn't try to run everything on a daily basis and a new superintendent who actually knows he is losing students.
  • by Anonymous Location: G-ville on Jul 14, 2008 at 09:41 AM
    Why do they need a bigger school when everyone is trying to get their kids transfered? Now days you say your kid goes to Gainesville and people look at you like your crazy.
  • by Wow Location: Here on Jul 13, 2008 at 08:03 AM
    A new school, a new place for all the trouble makers in Gainesville to ruin.....I would never consider moving to Gainesville, if I wanted gang problems, I would move more towards Dallas!
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