Kearney Public Schools board members voted unanimously in July to approve a $68 million bond to building a new high school, and now voters will have a chance to tour the existing Kearney High School and review plans for the proposed new school building.
Open House events will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on August 22 and September 5.
Proposition A was placed on the ballot after the school board approved the bond issue based on the recommendation of a committee of community members who researched the issue. The committee found the following problems when looking into the matter:
KPS Superintendent Dr. Brian Maher agrees that something needs to be done to update the high school.
"Kearney High School was built in 1960 and renovated in 1968, 1980, 1988 and 1995," he shared. "This is a school that has served Kearney well, but it is no longer adequate to teach students or to represent the Kearney community."
The research committee found that updating the current high school facility would not be worth the disruption caused by an additional year of demolition and
construction. They also reported that the minor cost savings over constructing a new building would not be worth the limitations found at the current site.
The proposed high school would be built on a 128-acre site at 11th Street and 30th Avenue in southwest Kearney, near Yanney Park.
Included in the plans is a 1,000-seat fine arts auditorium and a 2,000-seat competition gymnasium as well as modern science classrooms, more room for both performing and fine arts and collaborative teaching space.
Additionally, officials say the large, level site would allow room to develop facilities for soccer, softball and tennis in the future.
Voters will get a chance to vote on Proposition A September 10. Also included in the bond is plans for extensive remodeling and system upgrades to Horizon Middle School and a cafeteria addition to Sunrise Middle Schools.
Alongside Proposition A is Proposition B, which would allow for a swim facility to be added to the new Kearney High School campus. The $7.4 million bond would only be enacted if Proposition A is passed.
More information on Propositions A and B can be found at www.kearneypublicschools.org.