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By LuAnn Schindler

Education opportunities, efficiencies fuel consolidation

Business climate "stronger than it was 10 years ago" for Cross County communities


October 31, 2019

LuAnn Schindler

Cornfield school • Cross County, located near Nebraska Highway 66 and U.S. Highway 81, in Polk County, includes students from the Stromsburg and Benedict communities. According to Superintendent Brent Hollinger, educational opportunities and efficiency created by combining the two former districts have attracted option enrollment students.

"Strong schools attract families and feed a town."

The observation, made by Cross County Superintendent Brent Hollinger, showcases how the idea of a cornfield school benefits educational opportunities and provides financial efficiencies.

Cross County Community Schools, located near the intersection of Nebraska Highway 66 and U.S. Highway 81, sits approximately three miles south of Stromsburg or five miles north of Benedict, a neutral location between two communities it serves.

Hollinger did not land at Cross County until the 2009-2010 school year, about two years after passage of a successf...

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