• Superintendent's Message

    Brent Hollinger


         Welcome to Cross County Community School District where every day is a great day to be a Cougar!  Since COVID entered our lives back in the spring of 2020, we have been dealt challenges that have never been dealt with before!  All Nebraska schools were mandated to close in March of 2020 for the remainder of the 19-20 year!  In August of 2020, we were tasked with the job of opening school during a global pandemic with more COVID cases in the area than the previous spring when the Governor shut all the schools down!  Cross County put together a solid plan on how to conduct business and when the school year was over, we had in-person learning every day during the 2020-2021 school year!  Looking back and reflecting, I couldn’t be more proud of how Cross County Schools conducted business last year.  Through all of the COVID craziness, Cross County offered as near normal experience for students as we could, considering all of the challenges being presented by outside forces.  It seems now as the grips of COVID are lessoning, other issues have quickly surfaced and are creating many challenges across not only the communities and school districts of Nebraska, but across the Nation.  Even with all of the chaos that seems to never let up, I couldn’t be more excited to get the school year going!  We have great kids, great parents, great teachers/staff and two great communities that will continue to work together to do what is best for kids.

          Cross County Community School District came together in the 2001-2002 school year. The 2021-2022 school year will mark our 21st year together as a consolidated school district between Stromsburg and Benedict communities. The communities showed their support for education once more by passing a bond issue in 2006 to construct a PK-12 facility located three miles south of Stromsburg. The facility opened up in the fall of 2008 and we will be starting our 14th year in the facility. The facility does a great job of serving students educationally and through extra-curricular activities.

         Cross County Community School is a Class C-2 school district with 360 students attending grades PK-12.  The facility also houses our own preschool which on average has around 20-25 students.  

          I feel very fortunate to be a part of a great school and to be involved with two communities that embrace education and expect success. One of my visions in education that I believe strongly in, is if you are committed to teaching and you engage students in learning, success will happen for all students! We want all students to have success in some way academically to build towards a well-rounded young adult who can move on and be a successful contributing adult in society.

          We are starting our 11th year as a 1:1 school with Macintosh laptops for students in grades 6-12.  The 1:1 initiative has been a big success as the teachers quickly utilized their skillsets for incorporating instructional technology into their classrooms.  I am also excited to saw we are entering our 2nd year now as a 1:1 school with Apple iPads for students in grades K-5.  How exciting that we can provide a 1:1 digital learning environment for all K-12 students at Cross County! 

         Great things are happening at Cross County each and every day. I am so proud of the teaching staff and support staff on their commitment to kids. We have a great staff and I am blessed and fortunate to be a part of this great school. Please visit our website at http://crosscountyschools.org to see all of the happenings in this great school.  You can also follow all of the school happenings on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Anytime you would like to visit Cross County please let me know and we will accommodate you as best as we can.  My door is always open.