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On Wednesday, August 9, the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an engaging Community Connections event, bringing together community members, elected officials, and key stakeholders. With in-person attendees and a live stream option, the event provided an opportunity for meaningful discussions and updates on various local initiatives. Sponsored by NorthWestern Energy, this monthly roundtable discussion is an invaluable platform for fostering collaboration.

City Developments & Updates

Mayor Stan Clouse kicked off the morning's proceedings with a comprehensive overview that encompassed a range of topics. He addressed pertinent matters including ordinances and resolutions, shedding light on the latest developments in Kearney. One highlight was a presentation by Nebraska Game & Parks, highlighting a partnership between the City of Kearney and Game & Parks. The presentation focused on the shooting range, set to open to the public, and emphasized how shooter and hunter education may be offered there. Mayor Clouse also spoke on other major projects: the SportsPlex, which recently celebrated its groundbreaking, and ongoing renovations at Yanney Park and the Kearney Regional Airport.

Public School & Education Updates

Jason Mundorf, Kearney Public Schools Superintendent covered a range of topics surrounding the educational landscape of the Kearney Public Schools District. He began by noting the impressive achievement of Carol Kreutzer, who earned the esteemed title of Nebraska State Teacher of the Year. Mundorf then shifted focus to School Resource Officers (SROs) and their annual report, an element of LB 390.

He shared the comprehensive construction update from BD Construction, encompassing the progress on Emerson and Bryant Elementary projects, as well as a new roof for Horizon Middle School. Notably, discussions were initiated regarding the Windy Hills Elementary School renovation, Northeast Elementary's cafeteria renovation, and a vital HVAC project.

Mundorf also highlighted policy changes and handbook improvements, emphasizing the school's commitment to a safe and innovative learning environment. Furthermore, a comprehensive review of the safety audit was conducted, revealing that Park Elementary's boundary fence was an area of concern, prompting action by KPS. Superintendent Mundorf also fielded questions regarding artificial intelligence policy, the district's enrollment trends and projections, and staff professional development.

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