KEARNEY, Neb. — The Kearney Public Schools board is set to decide what will become of the former Kearney High School building at a meeting next week.

The board is expected on Monday to select one of three proposals for the building, including one from a local church that appears to have board support, the Kearney Hub reported ( ).

That bid from First Baptist Church would offer $260,000 to take the building as is. The church would take possession of the building as soon as the sale is complete and use it as a church. It also would consider donating the south slope of the property to the south-central Nebraska city for use as a park.

The two other proposals include one from a construction company that would essentially require the school district to pay the cost of asbestos removal, and another from a group of investors that would pay various amounts for different portions of the school. That proposal, too, requires the school board to pay for asbestos removal.

“As a member of the school board, my priority is always to do things that make sense for our district, for our community and to the taxpayers,” said board member Alex Straatmann.

Schools superintendent Kent Edwards said he’s confident the board is ready to vote on an option Monday.

“I think they are prepared to move forward unless there would be something unforeseen,” Edwards said.

The 1958 building was replaced by a new school this fall.

Information from: Kearney Hub,

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