Nebraska town asked to approve $119 million bond for high school

December 20, 2023

The local public school board in Bennington, Nebraska, will ask local voters to approve a $119 million bond on March 12, 2024, to build a second high school to accommodate a growing student population. Enrollment in the Bennington Public School district has doubled to more than 4,100 in the last decade. If approved, construction on the two-story building will begin fall 2024. 

Plans for the $128.5 million school call for 26 classrooms spanning 23,400 square feet, providing enough space for six science labs and a commons area for teachers. The facility will include spaces dedicated to core academics, visual arts, Family and Consumer Sciences and business.

The campus will also include media and counseling centers as well as a Career and Technical Education (CTE) area with a focus on small engines, welding and health sciences. 

The school will build an 800-seat auditorium, two 500-person capacity stadiums for baseball and softball, six tennis courts with lights, a running track, competition and auxiliary gyms, a wrestling room and locker rooms.

In addition, the school will develop practice and turf fields for football and soccer, learning suites and 1,000 parking spaces.

If approved, the school would spend $9.5 million of its funds to support the project. If the bond fails, the school will add modulars to the current high school’s north parking lot and pave the north practice field for parking, officials said.

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Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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