As a former Woodward-Granger Elementary Principal and now currently superintendent of the W-G district, Brad Anderson knows a thing or two about the importance of educating today’s youth including expanding educational programming.
"The district has been able to maintain and expand programming little by little," he said. "When I came on board, pre-school was only a discussion. Seven years later, we offer programming for 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and transitional Kindergarten. In addition, we are looking to expand our before and after school programming (as space allows us to do so)."
Accommodating district growth by constructing a new elementary building and updating the current middle school are two projects Anderson is looking to address this coming year.
"The district is growing and with this comes the need for additional classroom space," he said. "This new building not only provides us with the ability to meet the needs of space, but affords the district the ability to expand needed programming. A new building is also a great addition to a community in terms of providing state-of-the-art facilities for the local patrons and potentially enticing new families to the district."
The project will be funded through a combination of general obligation bonds at $9.85 million and $4 million worth of sales tax revenue bonds, amounting to $14.3 million.
Tentative construction of the new facility is expected to begin starting April 2014 and end August 2015.
The facility will cater to the kids, which is Anderson’s main focus.
"My personal focus will always be on kids," he said. "The foreseeable challenge (as W-G continues to grow) will be to balance the district’s ongoing needs with the financial capabilities. We are very fortune to be in communities that are growing.
"Making the most of the growth situation will be the ever-changing and unpredictable target today and beyond."
Anderson currently lives in Granger with his wife, Lisa, two daughters, Mae, 12, and Emma, 10, and a son, Andrew, 7.