*UPDATE* Minden Votes No, Kearney Votes Yes on New High Schools


The votes are in and it looks like there will be only one new high school coming to central Nebraska following two special bond issue votes.

Kearney voters decided to approve propositions A and B on Tuesday. Proposition A is a $68 million bond issue to build a new high school and make improvement to some of the districts middle schools. Proposition B is a$7.4 million bond to build a new swim facility at the new Kearney High School campus.

The most recent unofficial results have proposition A passing with 66 percent of the vote -- 5,007 for and 2,624 against. Proposition B won by a narrower margin of 53 percent -- 4,020 for and 3,546 against.

The proposed high school would be built on a 128-acre site at 11th Street and 30th Avenue in southwest Kearney, near Yanney Park.

According to the school district, the plans include a 1,000-seat fine arts auditorium and a 2,000-seat competition gymnasium as well as modern science classrooms, more room for both performing and fine arts and collaborative teaching space.

Additionally, officials say the large, level site would allow room to develop facilities for soccer, softball and tennis in the future.

The approval of proposition B, which was contingent on the passage of proposition A, will allow for the new swimming pool to be built.

Meanwhile, nearby Minden voters decided to vote down a $26 million bond issue that would have built a new school, but also raised taxes.

There were 965 votes against the bond and 833 for.

Minden Superintendent Melissa Wheelock shared her thoughts upon hearing the results, "We'd like to thank everyone who went out and voted. And so what we'll do with this information, we'll go back to the drawing board as a school board and determine what our next future steps will be."