Kearney aldermen provide $300,000 to local school district | Northland

KEARNEY — City leaders in Kearney are helping the Kearney School District by providing $300,000 to help fund computers and related equipment needed by district students and personnel to educate students in the virtual and hybrid learning environments being utilized during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The money is coming from a portion of the city’s federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding it received. Ahead of approval of fund sharing, the city had a CARES Act fund balance of $783,936.49. In his mayor’s report to the Board of Aldermen Monday, Sept. 21, Mayor Randy Pogue said after reserving CARES Act funds for possible revenue losses associated with the pandemic, police and fire salaries and current city expenses, the city has enough left over to aid schools.

Pogue came up with the idea to share city funds after a meeting with Kearney Superintendent Matt Miller.

“My message here is: We

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Government invests $2.2m of funding for Northland skills training

More Northlanders will have access to alternative pathways to work through a Government investment of $2.2 million in regional education and skills training, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has announced.

The money is to go on three skills training projects in the region to help integrate prisoners back into work; help young people with intellectual disabilities and/or high social needs into employment; and to train up to 25 people in collision repairs.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a blow to New Zealand’s economy, with the effects being felt hard in the regions. Our recovery will be driven, in large part, by the regions so it is imperative Northland businesses have a well-trained work force and locals have more ways to learn and upskill,” Jones said.

“The $2.2m funding for Northland is part of a $12.2m investment, from the Te Ara Mahi allocation of the Provincial Growth Fund, to support

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