- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Kearney school district leaders are mulling the fate of the current Kearney High School, set to be replaced by a new high school in the fall.

Officials for Kearney Public Schools are working on a plan to sell the current high school, built in 1958, the Kearney Hub reported (https://bit.ly/229CwuW ) Saturday.

KPS Interim Superintendent Virginia Moon said the district may use a real estate agent to help sell the property, or it may issue requests for proposals.

A price hasn’t been determined because of the different valuations of the property with and without the high school building on it, officials said.

Moon said there has been community interest in saving the two gymnasiums at the current high school, but the costs of maintenance and upkeep have kept purchasers at bay. The property may be more attractive to developers without any buildings on it, she said.

“At this time, it does not appear that there are the resources or the will to save those gyms,” Moon said.

But she said school board members would likely consider proposals from community members who have the resources and desire to save the gyms.

City officials and other groups met with KPS administrators Thursday to discuss the property, but Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse said the city is not interested in purchasing the gyms or land.

“It’s just not practical. It’s not the best use of our tax dollars,” Clouse said.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, https://www.kearneyhub.com/


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