When Dr. Jeffrey Edwards came to Nebraska City 11 years ago, he inherited several large construction projects: the new Northside Elementary and the additions to Hayward Elementary and Nebraska City High School.
Edwards will leave those successful construction projects behind when he leaves the district on June 30 to become superintendent of Grand Island Northwest Public Schools.
Other projects undertaken by the district during Edwards’ tenure as superintendent were the renovation of the old Food Pride building on Central Avenue into the Pioneer Academy and the  relocation of the district office from the Second Avenue School to the former Nebraska City Medical Clinic on 14th Avenue.
Edwards said that while the construction projects were a challenging addition to his superintendent duties, he has been pleased with how the construction projects turned out.
He is proud of the Pioneer Academy, which opened in September 2016 and offers hands-on training in information technology, health sciences, welding and construction.
Edwards credited CHI Health and their efforts at working with the district to be able to renovate the former clinic into the current office space.
The former district office on Second Avenue had reached a point that the district was going to have to put a lot of money into the building to keep it for maintenance, he said.

Edwards said that the new district office provided space for IMPACT classrooms, which allowed that program to be taken out of the school buildings and centralized at the district office.
To hear more about these projects, visit the News-Press Facebook page and ncnewspress. com to watch a video featuring Dr. Edwards.
The Nebraska City Public Schools board accepted Edwards’ resignation at a special board meeting on March 27.
Board members Stacie Higgins and Teri Stukenholtz expressed their appreciation for Dr. Edwards’ work at the meeting.
“I would like to publicly thank Dr. Edwards for his 12 years of service,” said Higgins, who added that she encourages her daughters to “finish well” in whatever they do.
She said she believes Edwards will also finish well in his service to the district.
Stukenholtz said she felt Edwards will be leaving the district “better than when you came.”