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Students in the public and parochial schools consistently rank above the national average in standardized tests. Clarkson Public School District #58 is accredited by the State of Nebraska. The school district covers approximately 80 square miles in Colfax and Stanton Counties. The junior-senior high school houses rooms for industrial technology, music, special education, a computer lab, science, as well as classrooms. In 1975, a new addition was built which includes a large library-media center, two offices, a large cafeteria/multi-purpose room and a new music room.

An elementary building was erected south of the high school to house K-6 and K-12 grades in one area. The Distance Learning Lab was added in the fall of 2000. A multi-million dollar addition to the high school opened in the fall of 2003. This addition includes a new auditorium, shower rooms, classrooms, and a science/chemistry lab/classroom. The addition is accessible to the original high school and elementary complex. Clarkson Public School boasts a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio, a 3-to-1 student-computer ratio, two mobile computer labs, and broadband internet connectivity.

For further information about Clarkson Public School, contact the superintendent at (402) 892-3454 or visit the Clarkson Public School home page.

Parochial Parochial

St. John Neumann Catholic School is a state approved grades 1-6 school, dedicated to providing the means and atmosphere for children to grow spiritually, intellectually, socially and physically. All teachers are state certified and core curriculum textbooks are copyrighted within the last five years. The curriculum stresses skills in math, science, social studies, language arts and religion with weekly art, music, computer and physical education classes. Students have daily exposure to Catholic values, traditions and devotions. Small classes allow for individualized attention to children's learning needs.

Students are included in many parish activities. They participate in mass, both at school and at church by reading and leading the singing. They also become altar servers beginning in the fourth grade.

St. John Neumann students also participate in community life. They regularly entertain at the nursing home and help with bingo. They have an annual collection for a food pantry. They collect pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, hold monthly bake sales for their adopted child in Guatemala, collect toys for needy children and participate with the public school in a Veteran's Day program. They have also helped run carnival games for Clarkson's Czech Days celebration. They take part in local parades by riding on a float put together by parents.

Special events throughout the year include monthly birthday assemblies, educational field trips, and Christmas and spring programs. Catholic Schools Week is a much-anticipated week filled with activities each day. We begin the week with an all school mass and end the week with a family potluck meal.

Parents have a close relationship with the school. They are active in parent-teacher conferences, holiday parties, field trips, fundraising and yearly summer clean up.

We are proud of our school and look forward to a future that will continue to offer our families a choice in quality Catholic education.

For information about enrollment or tuition assistance, call (402) 892-3464 or (402) 892-3474, e-mail the school at neumann@megavision.com, or visit the St. John Neumann Catholic School website.

Educational Service Unit Educational Service Unit

Clarkson participates in Educational Service Unit No. 7, which is headquartered in Columbus.

Community Education Community Education

Vocational courses offered include home economics, agriculture and business. The high school offers adult education courses in cooperation with Central Community College - Platte Campus in Columbus.

Library Library

Built in 1991, the Clarkson Public Library contains 12,000 volumes and has an average monthly patronage of 550 . The library is handicap accessible and provides summer story hour, children's book week, Czech Festival program, National Library Week activities, queen reception for Czech days, monthly display case, computers with Internet access, microfilm projector/printer, audios and videos, periodicals, laminator, copy and fax machine. The library has a meeting room for groups and organizations. The library specializes in Czech heritage through Czech-language books, genealogy references, and films. For further information, call (402) 892-3235 or e-mail: clarksonpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

Library Opera House

The Clarkson Opera House traces its roots to September 23, 1913, when the ZCBJ bought lots for a brick structure for meetings, Czech-language entertainment, concerts, dances, movies, and family celebrations.

The ZCBJ managed the Opera House until February 5, 1963, when the building was leased to Clarkson VFW Post 6419. Over the years, the VFW had the building rewired, remodeled the rest rooms and kitchen, added heaters and ceiling fans. After nearly 40 years, the VFW members realized younger people were needed to revitalize this cultural treasure in Clarkson.

In June 2002, Clarkson Community Opera House Inc., a non-profit organization, took over the Opera House. They've already scheduled dances, recitals and special entertainment. The group plans to refinish the dance floor, replace the old heating and air conditioning systems, add new wiring, ceiling fans in the dance area, and handicapped ramps.

The Opera House continues to be the year-around center for family and commuity activities, including special events during the annual Czech Festivals in late June. Still carefully used are the many old-fashioned backdrops on the stage.

For more information about booking activities or donating toward special projects, contact Chuck or Mike Hamernik at Bluebird Nursery, (402) 892-3457.

Churches

The community of Clarkson has two churches:

New Zion Presbyterian Church
PO Box 526
Clarkson, NE 68629
Phone: (402) 892-3362

SS Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church
PO Box 457
Clarkson, NE 68629
Phone: (402) 892-3464
E-mail: parish@megavision.com

Also located within seven miles are the America, Missouri Synod Lutheran, and Congregational UCC churches.

Medical

Alegent Health, (402) 892-3466, of Clarkson was built in 1956 and was served by a family practice physician. Construction began in June of 2003 on a new clinic and is now the new clinic.

Clarkson Rescue Squad has 23 volunteer Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), nine First Responders, and one Paramedic. Two ambulances are owned by the City of Clarkson.

Golden Living Center, is a 52 licensed bed facility, including 3 assisted living suites, 5 personal care units, inpatient and outpatient therapies. Several payor sources are accepted, and admissions and inquiries are taken 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This Living Center has been 5 years state deficiency free! Call now for information or to set up a tour, (402) 892-3494 or visit our website at http://www.goldenliving.com.

Hospitals serving the Clarkson area include:

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