Kearney Public Schools changes graduation requirements
KEARNEY, Neb. —
Kearney Public Schools is requiring 10 more credit hours for graduating students as part of their changes to the 2018-2019 school year. The change is a part of the schools’ five-year strategic plan.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the KPS board decided to lengthen school days for students, allowing them to take more credit hours during their semesters. This change was made for budget relief. Now, with students signing up for more courses, students in grades 9–12 must fulfill an extra 10 hours in a Career Technical Education environment.
Superintendent Kent Edwards, believes these credit hours will be useful for students choosing a career pathway.
"While they're in high school, they can already begin in our partnerships that are robust, with Central Community College in that they can get into a certification program and they can also do duel credit or early college experience through the UNK,” said Edwards.
The schedule change and new graduation requirements will begin with Fall 2018 freshmen. Students already enrolled at Kearney High School will be grandfathered in, graduating with 235 credit hours.