By Larry Austin
Island Dispatch Editor
Superintendent of Grand Island Schools Dr. Brian Graham enjoyed meeting the public in his first meet-and-greet as much as the public enjoyed meeting him.
"I think it was great," Graham said of the event, held Monday afternoon in the Grand Viking Theater. Community stakeholders stopped by to meet him for the first time since he joined the district July 1, and also tour the high school.
"I think the people are enjoying the technology tours too, which is a really nice way to tie those two pieces together," Graham said.
He most enjoyed "just meeting parents that love the school system and are fully engaged as partners with the teachers and the administrators and the students. There's nothing better than that kind of partnership."
Graham said a consistent message that he heard from the people at the meet-and-greet concerned "having a differentiated program that meets the needs of all our students."
"So I'm happy to say that I think we have a very differentiated program throughout, from UPK all the way to grade 12," he said. While he said the school prepares students for today's jobs, the district is preparing kids for jobs that don't even exist yet. "It's important to always remind everybody how valuable it is that we focus on students' interests and their needs and really nurture those interests and needs to that kids can grow into critical thinkers, into creative thinkers, into innovative thinkers."
Grand Island High School student Eric Meng describes the machines in the Grand Island High School technology wing to Diane Tiede, who toured the wing Monday. Adam Crist and Connor Pignatora, right, also guided the tour.