Norfolk Public Schools is a comprehensive school system offering education to students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade as well as those identified with special needs. The district covers 68.8 square miles in Madison, Pierce, Stanton, and Wayne Counties and participates in the state option program. Norfolk Pubic Schools meets and exceeds accreditation requirements of the Nebraska Department of Education.
The district has seven elementary schools (including a K-4 Montessori School), Middle School (grades 5-6), Junior High (grades 7-8), High School (grades 9-12), Alternatives for Success (a 9-12 alternative school), and Early Childhood Center (special education) serving approximately 4,000 students.
Norfolk Public Schools believes that quality education begins with a quality staff. The district is proud of the commitment, caring, and high standards for professionalism displayed by its staff. Hiring procedures and annual evaluations maintain quality standards for personnel selection and continuing employment.
The district encourages professional growth through quality inservice programs and opportunities to explore new facets in education. Norfolk Public Schools utilizes progressive educational philosophies.
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. Julee Pfeil
Mr. Bruce Mitchell
Mr. Arnie Robinson
Mr. Robert Waite
Mrs. Sandy Wolfe
The Norfolk Community
Norfolk is in the heart of the Elkhorn Valley in northeast Nebraska with the Sand Hills lying to the west and farmland to the east. The surrounding land is gently rolling.
A city of over 24,000, Norfolk is the economic growth center for an area encompassing six counties. The economy is comprised of activity in agriculture, manufacturing, and services including retail and wholesale trade, education, and health care. Norfolk is the major retail trade center for northeast Nebraska.
In addition to the public school system, Norfolk is home to Northeast Community College and is near Wayne State College.