(Omaha, NE) -- Boys Town announces plans to build a new school on the location of the current high school.
Boys Town says fundraising efforts are underway for the new 110,000 square feet school, and that demolition of the current building will start immediately. The new three-story facility will house all students on campus, including those currently located in the High School and Wegner School buildings.
“This new education center will help Boys Town continue to provide a safe and inspiring learning experience for our students,” said Father Steven Boes, Boys Town National Executive Director. “We continue to make improvements on our campus as the needs of our children change and we remain committed to ensuring that all our youth receive fair and equal educational opportunities.”
“The original Boys Town High School was constructed in 1948 and is in dire need of updating,” said Dr. Robert Reznicek, Boys Town Schools Superintendent. “The needs of kids have changed since it was first built, and the new building will help provide a more modern facility to enhance the education of students on campus.”
“Many Boys Town youth come from challenging environments and have never had the opportunity to attend a well-resourced school where they could receive a quality education,” said Rod Kempkes, Chief Executive Officer of Boys Town. “Our school is an active part of the care, treatment, and behavioral research that are foundational to Boys Town programs used at schools throughout the country.”
Boys Town is asking the community for its assistance in raising money to help fund the school and provide new opportunities for Boys Town children. Several donors have already pledged their support to reaching the $30 million dollars needed to help complete the project.