A year-and-a-half in and Bryan Middle School still hears clanking and booming of construction workers, but progress is being made on the building and renovation project.
The biggest change is the addition of the Henry Davis Boys & Girls Club on the corner of 42nd Street and Giles Road..
Scheduled for completion Aug. 1, the 14,000-square-foot club is a cooperative effort of the Omaha Public Schools and Boys & Girls Club.
OPS and the Boys & Girls Club partnered because of a need for a Boys & Girls Club in the area, Bryan Middle principal Darren Rasmussen said.
“Our school was selected as a possible site and we’re happy to be a partner with them,” he said.
The club will hold 300 students in grades five through 12 and will be open every school day from 3:30 to 9 p.m.
“It’ll be a great opportunity for kids to come to school and also have something to do right after school to be a part of,” Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen said he expects most of the students to come from the area — Bryan High School, Pawnee and Gilder elementaries and even Gross Catholic High School and St. Bernadette Grade School.
“It’s open to anybody in this area,” Rasmussen said.
Though there is no set yearly membership fee in place yet, Rasmussen said it might cost around $20 to $25 a year.
The club will have a gymnasium and separate learning centers for different activities.The students there will also have a chance to go to the middle school and use its facilities such as the library and media center, locker rooms and classrooms for tutoring.
Rasmussen said he’s excited for the finished product within the school and the Boys & Girls Club.
“We’ve been in this for a little over a year and a half now, so we’re all anxious about the completion of it,” he said. “The construction company has been great to work with. We’ll be happy to get rid of the banging and all the dust and be ready to get everything looking like a fresh and new middle school.”
Rasmussen said the partnership offers a great opportunity for students to have more after school activities.
“This will provide students an opportunity to go to Bryan Middle School until 3:05 and then go right to the Boys & Girls Club to participate as long as they need or want to until 9 p.m,” he said. “It’ll provide opportunities for kids to stay engaged in something after school.”