Kearney Public Schools Announces Plans to Build New Institution

KEARNEY, Neb. -- Kearney Public Schools is not only in the process of building a new high school, but Monday night the school board announced it also plans to build a new institution.

Superintendent Brian Maher announced Scott D. and Rochelle Morris are giving $1.75 million to Kearney Public Schools. The money will go toward building a 10,000 square foot institution onto the new Kearney High School.

The institution will help promote career and technical education pathways by providing classrooms and labs with special technology and equipment. Maher said the institution will give Kearney High School students the skills they need to enter the workforce directly after high school. He called the new institution similar to Grand Island's Career Pathways Institute.

"For a number of months now, we have engaged in the business community, the economic development council and looked at how do we begin something like that in the community of Kearney in general and in Kearney public schools specifically," Maher said. "So, we have talked about putting together some sort of institute format as we go forward."

Maher showed a floor plan for the institution at Monday night's meeting, which includes a woods, metals and auto lab for student use. He said the institution's focus is providing opportunities for kids.

Illustration plans for the new high school were also shown, including the football field and track. Final construction plans are set to be due September 16.

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