Prop B – Kearney Schools Zero-Tax-Rate-Increase Bond

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This is a great time to be a Bulldog! Proposition B was approved on April 5, 2022, with nearly 64 percent of our residents voting yes.

On behalf of every member of Team KSD, we want to express our gratitude to our community for supporting Prop B. The last couple of years have been incredibly challenging. Together, we have stepped up and overcome every obstacle, no matter what. The result of this bond measure is a brighter future for our entire community! Thank you for choosing to make that investment in our students and schools!

We're going to be able to move forward with some exciting projects that will benefit our students, families and community. We're looking forward to all the things we're going to accomplish over the next several years thanks to this bond. Please visit this page for regular updates as we fulfill our promises to voters.

April 5, 2022 Election Results (Unofficial)

Update

In order to ensure that we are using taxpayer dollars effectively and efficiently, KSD will be using funds from the Proposition B zero-tax-rate-increase bond to add classrooms and make updates at our four existing elementary schools rather than constructing a new school. This decision was reached in June of 2023 after an extensive public engagement process this winter and spring.

Unfortunately, KSD needed to rethink plans for a new elementary school due to some serious challenges, including supply chain shortages, inflation and concerns about a potential recession looms. Public school districts across the state have yet to see enrollment recover to pre-pandemic levels. Even well-respected economic experts failed to predict these conditions and their impact on businesses, school districts and households alike.

This shift will both save money otherwise needed for additional staff and also allow us to still achieve the goals of Proposition B. We will still be adding elementary classrooms, upgrading our schools for 21st-century teaching and learning, and addressing facilities maintenance needs. Our architects and engineers are already working on plans to expand our current elementary schools and expect to begin that work in 2024.

Other Prop B projects are already underway as promised, including:

  • Expansion of the Early Education Center
  • KHS auditorium improvements
  • Additions to the sixth-grade bathrooms at KMS
  • Roof repairs at KJH
  • HVAC replacement at several sites

Telephone Survey Results

BUILDING A FUTURE FOR OUR BULLDOGS

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The Kearney School District Board of Education asked our residents to vote on a $44 million zero-tax-rate-increase bond issue on April 5 to fund a new long-range facilities master plan for the district. The plan calls for adding elementary school classrooms to address growth in student enrollment; adding classrooms for our Early Education Center; updating school facilities to meet current and future teaching and learning needs for students; and providing safety and facility improvements across the district. Approval of the bond issue will not increase the district's property tax rate.

 

FACILITIES PLANNING PROCESS

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KSD leaders worked with parents and staff for about a year as part of the Long-Range Facilities Planning committee to develop a new districtwide facilities plan to ensure that schools are well maintained and continue to meet the educational needs of their students. Enrollment trends indicate the district may need additional capacity for students in pre-K through fifth grade. In addition, the committee identified a need for improvements across the district to facilitate 21st-Century teaching and learning for all students.

 

A COMMUNITY INVESTMENT IN OUR SCHOOLS

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Every few years, KSD updates its districtwide facilities master plan in order to protect our community’s investment in our schools. Updated plans address building needs for learning purposes and emphasize keeping the district's aging facilities maintained and in good repair. The last facilities master plan was supported by our residents with a $27 million zero-tax-rate-increase bond issue that was approved by voters in April 2017 to fund updates and improvements included in the plan. Since then, we have maintained the debt service levy (the portion of its tax rate that can only be used for paying off bond issue debt) unchanged at $1.19 per $100 of assessed value. The current debt service levy rate will be extended since Prop B was approved by KSD residents on April 5, 2022.

 

PROP B - KEARNEY SCHOOLS BOND SCOPE OF WORK

Major projects to be funded with the Prop B $44 million zero-tax-rate-increase bond

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Adding Classrooms

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21st Century Teaching & Learning

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Facilities Maintenance