(Omaha, NE) -- Boys Town breaks ground on their new education center on Thursday.
Boys Town says the construction will begin for the new 110,000 square feet school on the current location of the high school. The three-story facility will house all students on campus, including those currently located in the High School and Wegner School buildings.
Boys Town says their current high school, constructed in 1948, is not able to, "adequately meet the challenges students face today and is in dire need of updating." The school has undergone repeated repairs and renovations over the years, but after analysis, the National Board of Trustees determined it is more economical to rebuild than to attempt another renovation. “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.”
“Many Boys Town youth have come from challenging environments and never had the opportunity to attend a well-resourced school where they can receive a quality education,” said Rod Kempkes, Chief Executive Officer at Boys Town. “Our school is an active part of care, treatment, and behavioral research that are foundational to Boys Town programs used at schools throughout the country.”