The first Plattsmouth school supported by public funds was established in 1857, by Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Gorrell. The first public Board of Education was elected in Plattsmouth, in 1868.
Since that time, the District has experienced numerous changes relative to early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school programs. Since 1999, PK-12 enrollment has increased from 1670 students to approximately 1700 students.
In 2010, over $600,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds were used for construction of a 10,000 square foot addition to expand our elementary school. Nearly $1.5 million of Build America Bonds (BABs) were used for several projects including installation of an elevator at our early childhood center to make it more handicap-accessible.
BABs were also used to purchase the former A & M Green Power John Deere building located adjacent to the high school. The building was converted to the Plattsmouth Academic Curriculum and Equipment (PACE) Complex. It will allow us to expand our vocational education programs for students, as well our General Educational Development (GED) program.
District leaders also demonstrated foresight and used BABs for the purchase of seven acres of vacant land adjacent to the PACE Complex. The District is exploring future construction of a proposed middle school. As growth continues in Plattsmouth, enrollment is likely to increase and necessitate expansion in the coming years. Here are a few items that may be of interest to potential students, their families, and the community.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT PCS?
District-Accreditation through NCA AdvancED. Healthy Schools Programs in all buildings. A rural community and schools along Highway 75 that are within 10 min. of Bellevue and 20 min. of Omaha.
Early Childhood-State-designated model program for Positive Behavior Supports. Strong home-school connections.
Elementary-Class sizes in K-3 of 14-20 students. Active PTO, WATCH DOGS, and a highly rated 21st Century before and after school program.
Middle School-Strong emphasis on academics, fine arts, and athletics. New 21st Century after school program.
High School-Over 130 courses available to students. Dual-credit courses available through the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Southeast Community College. The only High School of Business and High School Diesel Mechanic programs in NE. Strong emphasis on academics, culinary arts, fine arts, and athletics. One of two Silver Level Healthy Schools Programs in the nation.