Maybe you have heard that Norfolk Public Schools is global. Absolutely it’s global! Global on opportunity. Our students have the opportunity to take part in programs structured toward their goals for the future. Opportunities to be part of great partnerships. Opportunities to be among remarkable teachers. Opportunities to have great peer groups. Opportunities to learn in a diverse environment. The opportunities at Norfolk Public Schools are in place because of our multiplicity, our size, and our exceptional students and staff. These opportunities are expansive enough to discover something for every student’s benefit, yet small enough for individual attentiveness. It’s something we’re absolutely proud of.
Norfolk Public Schools provides a distinctive educational curriculum to meet the needs of all learners in its quest to be top performing school that is a source of pride to students, parents, and community members. We serve 4100 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. All-day kindergarten is available in all seven elementary schools, and Lincoln offers a K-4 Montessori Program. Middle School serves grades 5-6, Junior High serves grades 7-8, and our Senior High serves grades 9-12. In addition, Alternative for Success is a specialized program that provides an alternative, flexible learning environment for 9th through 12th grade students. And, our High Ability Learner or “Challenge” program serves intellectually gifted students in all our schools, as does our comprehensive special education program.
The district covers 68.8 square miles in Madison, Pierce, Stanton, and Wayne Counties. Norfolk Public Schools exceeds accreditation requirements of the Nebraska Department of Education. Norfolk High School also outperforms accreditation standards set forth by the AdvancED Commission.
The educational path at Norfolk Public Schools is designed intentionally for peak achievement. With an extensive variety of classes, all students are challenged and personally encouraged to find their individual route. Core courses push analytical thinking to teach our students to resolve problems, not simply memorize data. In a culture of those who only expend, our students will be the inventors and creators. NPS offers several specialized programs including Advanced Placement Classes, Dual Credit Courses with Northeast Community College and Nebraska Wesleyan, and Articulated Credit to Northeast Community College. Also offered are Health and Drafting Academies, Extensive Career and Technical Education Programs including Business, Marketing and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Success, Industrial Technology, as well as Agriculture. Panther graduates leave high school ready to extend their learning, to contribute, and to succeed.
Norfolk Public Schools believes that quality education begins with a quality staff and collaborative partnerships with local businesses and community agencies. Since the first graduating class in 1889, Norfolk Public Schools, in cooperation with the community, have prepared students for the world beyond the walls of the schools. Dedicated teachers, hard-working students, and supportive parents ensure that NPS provides an outstanding educational journey for all. The staff is filled with experts in curriculum who also develop relationships with our students to ensure a successful educational journey. Our educators devote many hours to constantly improving their techniques and knowledge, with many of our teachers holding a master’s degree. You will be impressed with the level of dedication shown to our students by the staff at Norfolk Public Schools.
The Board of Education
The six members of the Board of Education for the Norfolk Public Schools are elected at-large by registered voters of the school district. Elections are held every two years. Board of Education members serve four-year terms and receive no compensation for their work. The board is responsible for establishing policies under which the school system operates. They must also act within the framework of rules set forth by the Nebraska State Board of Education and Nebraska and federal laws. Board members must represent the unique needs of the community. Current members of the Board of Education include:
Dr. Brad Krivohlavek
Mrs. Tammy Day
Mr. Bruce Mitchell
Mr. Arnie Robinson
Mr. Robert Waite
Mrs. Sandy Wolfe
The Norfolk Community
Nestled in Northeast Nebraska, Norfolk offers everything you would expect: first rate recreation, community celebrations, award-winning charm, unique shopping, and welcoming accommodations. Norfolk is located in northeast Nebraska in the heart of the Elkhorn River Valley of Madison County. U.S. Highways 81 and 275 and Nebraska Highways 24 and 35 intersect in Norfolk. Norfolk is 112 miles northwest of Omaha, 121 miles north of Lincoln, and 75 miles southwest of Sioux City, Iowa.
A city of over 24,000, Norfolk is the economic growth center for an area encompassing six counties. Norfolk is the major retail trade center for northeast Nebraska. The economy is comprised of activities in agriculture (both grain and livestock farming), manufacturing, and services (including retail and wholesale trade, education, and health care).
The primary retail trade area extends approximately 39 miles north, 38 miles northeast, 26 miles south, and 55 miles northwest and contains approximately 59,000 people. Wholesale firms in the community distribute groceries, food, soft drinks, farm products, bottles, oil and gas, agriculture, well installation equipment, janitorial products, welding, paper products, steel, syringes, electronic resistors, burial vaults, construction materials, high pressure/hydraulic hoses, and treated cellulose insulation. Five major manufacturing industries include Covidien, Norfolk Iron and Metal, Nucor Steel, Veyance Technologies, and Vulcraft. Three of the major nonmanufacturing employers are Affiliated Foods, Faith Regional Hospital, and Norfolk Public Schools. The community’s higher education needs are provided by Northeast Community College, located right here in Norfolk and Wayne State College which is located 31 miles northeast of Norfolk.
Among the many services offered in Norfolk are churches, Cowboy Trail, Elkhorn Valley Museum and Research Center, Memorial AquaVenture Waterpark, Norfolk Arts Center, the YMCA, DeGroots Orchards, Madison County Museum, Poppy’s Pumpkin Patch, Ashfall Fossil Beds, Divots DeVent Center, parks, and recreational areas. Community members find golfing, fishing, walking/hiking, swimming, skating, tennis, bowling, and movie theaters also available for leisure time activities.
The most famous person from Norfolk is Johnny Carson of the Johnny Carson Show. Prior to his death in 2005, Johnny donated more than $2 million to the Carson Regional Radiation Center at Faith Regional Health Services. A donation of $650,000 helped to build the theatre at Norfolk High School that bears his name and seats an audience of 1,234. The Norfolk Arts Center received $100,000 as did the Elkhorn Valley Museum, which hosts the Johnny Carson Show Exhibit. Johnny also donated $1 million to bring long distance technology to the Life Long Learning Center, located on the Northeast Nebraska Community College Campus. Norfolk has been the home of many outstanding individuals including: Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice for Tony the Tiger, and Orville Carlisle, inventor of a safe model rocket system, whose rockets are on display in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Norfolk is a great place to live, work, and raise a family.