Groundbreaking for Kearney High School

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KEARNEY, Neb. -- Groundbreaking for the brand new Kearney High School was Wednesday morning. In a little more than a month, walls will start coming up.

A crowd of people cheered as gold shovels sifted through the dirt. This is going to be the new home of the Kearney Cats.

"It's a very exciting time for us, but again this is just the initial steps of a long process," said Chris Nelson the Director of Finance.

"It's nice to get this part going because we've been working on the design phase ever since the bond passed in September. So it's just another milestone in the construction project," said Jay Dostal the Kearney High Principal.

The Kearney Mayor and many education officials say the community is a big advocate of education. They passed a $75 million bond and made donations to help build the $88 million school.

"I'd have to say I'm very amazed at how supportive this community is of education and things in general. It's a very progressive community. It just shows the commitment of the community just not only to education, but just our whole infrastructure in general," said Nelson.

Nearly everyone was involved. Dostal says constituents groups, teachers, community members and even students gave their input on what they'd like to see in the new school.

"Making sure we get this right the first time, because it's the high school that's going to last us the next 50 years," said Dostal.

The Principal of Kearney Public High School said he's really excited for students to walk into the brand new facility in the fall of 2016.