Proposition S Ballot Initiative

What is Proposition S?

In the fall of 2022, Kearney School District engaged in a strategic planning process with the support and input of staff members, students, parents/guardians and community members. The highest priorities that were identified by our constituents during that process were to increase safety and security and to prioritize all employees by increasing compensation and benefits. Kearney School District’s Board of Education placed a proposed 45-cent property tax increase on the Aug. 8, 2023, ballot to address those objectives. We anticipate that this would raise an additional $2.2 million in revenue.


With about 38% of the “Yes” vote in the Aug. 8 special election, Proposition S was not been approved by Kearney School District residents, according to unofficial results provided by officials in Clay and Clinton counties. This means that we will not move forward with our plans to hire three additional safety and security staff members and to improve staff pay and benefits.

“I appreciate everyone in our community who engaged with us on the Prop S ballot measure and who turned out to vote,” Superintendent Emily Miller said. “We know tax increases are never easy. While the results are disappointing, we will maintain our focus on being among the very best pre-K-12 institutions in the state. Our students deserve nothing less.”

The results of the election will be officially certified during the Aug. 16 Board of Education meeting. Safety and security and staff compensation remain KSD’s two highest strategic priorities as determined by the district’s staff, parents/guardians, students and neighbors. KSD will continue to work with community members to help address those needs.

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