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District Highlights


FOOTINGS ARE BEING POURED AT THE NEW KEARNEY HIGH SCHOOL


EMERSON FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
Emerson students opened their very own branch of the Kearney Federal Credit Union.  Students are enhancing their math skills through servings as tellers as well as customers.



Bright Futures Preschool planted 10 new trees in cooperation with the ReTree Nebraska program.  First Lady of Nebraska Sally Ganem helped the kids plant the trees.


 


 

BOARD OF EDUCATION
RECOGNIZED BY NASB
All six members of the  Board of Education were recognized by the Nebraska Association of School Boards with the 2014 Award of Achievement. 
  In recognition of their volunteer time and commitment to education, the Association commends continued participation and growth in knowledge and best practice governance.  Through the Awards of Achievement program, the following board members were recognized for their outstanding excellence:  Julie Agard-Level X,  Dave Glover- Level VI, Tim Higgins- Level V, Angela Nickel-Level II,      Doug McCarty  and Jon Watts - Level I.
 
“To have a board where all six board members received recognition has to be rare - if not unique,” said KPS Superintendent Brian Maher.  “To have members in their first term receive recognition is consistent with the quality work that this volunteer board is doing for our district.”
 
NASB is a private, nonprofit organization that serves the needs of Nebraska public school districts.  Board Members from across the state may participate in board development training throughout the year by attending workshops and conferences to help strengthen their role in governance, legislative advocacy, and stewardship of district resources in support of student achievement.

KHS on Newsweek’s
Best US High Schools

Kearney High School made the Newsweek-Daily Beast's 2014 Top High Schools in the United States. “We have made a concerted effort to improve our graduation rate and increase Advanced Placement (AP) offerings for our students.” Said Dr. Jay Dostal, KHS Principal.  “In five years, we have gone from 4 AP course offerings to 13 and we are still moving forward. The Kearney High School staff has done an awesome job of preparing our students for college, career, and life readiness, so this is a tremendous honor that validates this hard work.​” Six indicators are used to compare public high schools:  graduation and college acceptance rates, college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch and the SAT/ACT exam scores.  Kearney High has a graduation rate of 87.6%, college bound students 64.8%, free or reduced lunches 38.5%, SAT of 1672 and an ACT of 22.1.   Over 19% of KHS students are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses and 69.6% pass the AP exams. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics there are approximately 30,000 high schools in the United States.  You can find out more information at:
 http://www.thedailybeast.com/features/2014/america-s-top-high-schools.html.


View our new videos "The Kearney Way" and "What's Your Sign Say?".
 
MAHER -
NEBRASKA SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR

Dr. Brian Maher was announced as NASA Superintendent of the Year at the Administrators Days Conference in Kearney last Friday after being nominated by Region IV superintendents.  The formal presentation of the award will occur at the joint NASA/NASB conference held in Omaha in November.  Dr. Maher will represent Nebraska at the national level as the AASA selects its national superintendent of the year.
 
Dr. Maher has served as superintendent of Kearney Public Schools since July of 2007 after serving in a similar capacity in the Centennial Public Schools.  Dr. Maher has also served the state in various roles including being a member of the NCSA Executive Board, the Greater Nebraska Superintendents, the Professional Practice Commission   and the Nebraska School Activities Association as well as various task forces and committees. 
 
 
     
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