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NPPSD – Board of Education Passes Elementary Merger

NPPSD – Board of Education Passes Elementary Merger


North Platte, Neb. –  Monday, April 13, 2020, the North Platte Public School District Board of Education (BOE) passed a very exciting merger that will improve efficiencies across the district.  Tonight a task force, formed in January, presented a proposal that would merge Buffalo and Lincoln Elementaries.  

During the April BOE meeting, the task force made its final proposal to the NPPSD Board of Education for approval.  This proposal included benefits of the merger that address the addition of a full-time counselor and the development of a three-track elementary school.  A three-track system at Lincoln Elementary will allow for smaller class sizes, resulting in a more even distribution of the number of students, students with special needs, and students with behavioral issues throughout each grade level (aligning to the district goal of K-2 (20-22) & 3-5 (22-24) – district average).  Additionally, this merger will allow Buffalo Elementary to become a premier site for pre-school in the district, which includes two Head Start classrooms.  This proposal outlined efficiencies in building/ classroom utilization, no need for transportation to and from each building, and administrative support.

The newly approved merger has given the district the opportunity to consolidate and re-align pre-school and elementary classes across the district.  The following options will be offered at each school.

  • Buffalo - Pre-K Site
    • Preschool- 3 full-day - 4-year-old options
    • 2 Head Start Classrooms
  • Lincoln - K-5
    • Lincoln full-day preschool will move to Buffalo
    • Bulldog Behavior Success Program will move to Cody
  • Cody -  K-5
    • Bulldog Behavior Success Program
    • Preschool - am/pm half-day 4-year-old options - will be moved to Osgood Elementary
  • Osgood - PK-1
    • Preschool - am/pm half-day 3-year-old (pending NDE Early Childhood Expansion Grant)
    • Preschool - am/pm half-day 4-year-old options (from Cody)
    • 2nd grade - will be moved to Lake Elementary
    • Ladybug Crossing Daycare (LBC) will be located here - for more information about LBC email: ladybugcrossingcc@gmail.com
  • Lake - 2-5
  • Jefferson - PK-5
    • Preschool - am/pm half-day 4-year-old option
  • Washington - PK-5
    • Preschool - 1 full-day 4-year old option
  • McDonald - K-5
  • Eisenhower - K-5


Starting later this week, preschool parents who have already registered will be called and given the option to stay enrolled in the current session assigned or choose another section based on revised locations within the district.


Additional information about the vote or BOE meeting can be found at (this may not be available immediately) https://www.nppsd.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Board%20of%20Education