NORFOLK, Neb. — No new plans are being considered after talks stopped last summer regarding a merger of five northeast Nebraska school districts.

Even so, several of the district superintendents are glad the discussions took place.

Plainview, Creighton, Bloomfield, Osmond and Wausa considered the possibility of a merger as a way to offer more curriculum opportunities to students.

Declining enrollment was also a concern for several — but not all — of the five districts.

“To me, the most positive thing about it is it began some communications with other districts,” Plainview Superintendent Richard Alt said.

Plainview was the first to withdraw after a survey indicated that there was little interest on the part of community members.

Wausa found similar results from its own survey.

Bloomfield, Osmond and Creighton then dropped discussions because the distance between the towns made a three-school merger impractical at the time, Osmond Superintendent Dave Hamm said.

Creighton Superintendent Stephanie Peterson said her district is considering a survey to gauge community reaction to any future collaborations.

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