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.
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