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Kearney High principal resigning after school year

(Kearney Public School)

Kearney High School's principal has accepted a new position and will be leaving Nebraska at the end of the school year, according to Kearney Public Schools.

Jay Dostal announced that he accepted a position as principal of Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Ark.

Dostal released the following statement on the matter.

It is with mixed emotions that I leave Kearney High School. We have made great progress here with our new high school, our improved graduation rate, and our Small Learning Communities, however, I feel it is time for me to seek out a new challenge at Fayetteville High School. I want to thank the students, staff, and the community of Kearney for allowing me to lead Kearney High school the past eight years and I am confident that the spirit of innovation and culture of excellence through being respectful, intentional, supportive, and engaged will continue long into the future. Kearney High teachers, administrators, and support staff are second to none, and they will continue to forge ahead to provide amazing learning opportunities for students.

In 2016, Dostal was selected Nebraska Principal of the Year by the Nebraska State Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2013, he was named Principal of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Student Councils.

“We are a better school system because of Dr. Dostal’s committed service, accomplishments, and contributions to Kearney High School,” stated KPS Superintendent Dr. Kent Edwards.

Superintendent Edwards added this will be a good step up for Dostal.

"Jay is very visionary , he's implemented a number of programs, the one that gains the most notoriety was probably our small learning communities we designed our high school to fulfill that mission. Jay obviously is very instrumental in that so he is certainly going to be missed and we will benefit from his service will after he is in Fayeteville, Arkansas."

Dostal became principal of KHS in the fall of 2010. Prior to KHS, Dostal served as assistant principal at Millard North High School for four years and taught English and PE at Millard West High School for five years in Omaha, Nebraska. In his new position at Fayetteville High School, Dostal will lead over 2,500 students.

Edwards said a search for a replacement will begin immediately.

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