Generous Donation Leads to New Property Purchase for School District

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The Kearney School District (KSD) is pleased to announce the district has purchased the property located at the northwest corner of Highway 92 and Highway 33, formerly Big V grocery store.

“Thanks to the generosity of the building owners, Dr. William Soper and his wife Patricia, and their sister JoAnne Groenenboom, the district was able to purchase the property at nearly half of the appraised value,” said Board of Education President, Mike Miller.

The remainder of the building’s value has been donated to the district in memory of the family’s parents, Donald and Emogene Soper.

The school district’s long-range strategic plan identifies the need for expanded early childhood services for the district’s most at-risk preschool age children. This building will serve as a way to assist with this growing need.

“As a result of this donation, KSD can now move forward with plans to develop the building into an Early Childhood Center,” said Dr. Bill Nicely, Superintendent of Schools. “In doing so, we will also be able to play an important role in the revitalization of downtown Kearney, “ Nicely said.

Finalizing the development and remodel of the building will be one part of the no tax increase bond issue the district plans to place on the April 2017 ballot.

The future Early Childhood Center will bring opportunities to children that otherwise may not have been able to receive a preschool education and enable more students to begin school kindergarten ready.

“Thanks to this gracious gift, our district’s highest need preschool students can get a jump start on learning,” said Nicely. “We sincerely thank the Soper family for helping KSD expand our capacity to teach kids.”

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