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Enrollment steady at Gering
August 19, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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The 2016-2017 school year is underway in Gering with 611 students in the district, 144 in the senior class, and about 150 incoming kindergartners.

“This is pretty much a normal class for us,” said Gering School Superintendent Bob Hastings. “Our enrollment has declined just a little, but we’ve been pretty stable over the past few years.”

Hastings said that while the schools aren’t offering any new subjects, but they are offering some new dual credit classes in upper level math, English, social studies, science, and in personal finance. About 36 hours of dual credit coursework is offered in the schools.

“We’ve offered personal finance for several years, but this is the first year it’s available for dual credit,” he said. “We’re looking at offering it as part of a business component in the career academy in the future.”

Gering students can take up to 80 credit hours each year, with a minimum of 250 required for graduation. “Depending on how they perform in those classes, some students might need college coursework to catch them up or to fill in gaps they may have missed,” Hastings said.

Upgrades to the camera system at the high school were also completed over the summer. The cameras give the district’s School Resource Officer and other administrators a better real-time view of what’s going on in the building.

“We’re excited for the new school year,” Hastings said. “It’s fun to get new faces into the district and to see the returning staff and students. We’ve met with all the staff and they’re eager and ready to go. We’re expecting great things for the year.”

He added the district’s philosophy is the help all student reach their full potential, whether they go on to college or directly into the workforce. “Our job is to make sure kids have all the opportunities they need in order to achieve whatever they want. We want kids to be college or career ready or both once they leave the Gering schools.”
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