Our Students

Students at the Nebraska Unified District #1 excel to high standards.  They are passionate in all they do, and they benefit from the collaboration of teachers from each school. Students build relationships that will last a lifetime, not only with their peers but also with their teachers.   

Unified School District is closed for the remainder.

Based upon the recommendations of state and local health officials, Governor Ricketts, and the
Nebraska Commissioner of Education, Dr. Matt Blomstedt, Nebraska Unified School District #1 has
determined that all of our schools will remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school
year. This is in response to the unique risks presented by the novel coronavirus.
The updated information from the North Central Health Department is that they are strongly
recommending that we remain closed through the end of the current school year.
We will be providing enrichment instruction to all of our students. This enrichment instruction will take
many forms depending on the grade level and the curriculum being covered. We know that these
enrichment activities are not equal to face-to-face instruction, but, because that option is not available
right now, we do hope that in partnership with you, the parent(s), learning will continue. Information
will be provided to you as we meet with teachers and put together the most current plan.
More information will be shared with you about the specific plan for your child as it becomes
available. Also, keep in mind that a lot of our teachers are parents too, so they will be caring for their
children at home as well. These are unique and difficult times, but we will get through this by working
together and staying strong. I know that we, as Nebraskans, are used to challenges and can take
this one on and come out on the other side.
Superintendent Dale Martin

History of the Unified District #1

The Nebraska Unified District #1 was established in 1999 with Mr. Al Schlueter at the helm.  This development was made possible as incentive money was available for schools.  Verdigre Public School, Orchard Public School, and Clearwater Public School formed what is now known as the Nebraska Unified District #1, allowing each community to maintain their school buildings.  

​In July of 2001, Mr. William Kuester took over the superintendent role as Mr. Schlueter retired.  Many changes took place for the Unified District as Verdigre Public School built a new school and Clearwater and Orchard schools reorganized. Mr. Kuester retired in December of 2011. Mr. Dale Martin and Mr. Michael Sanne then shared the position of superintendent for the remainder of the district's school year.

In July of 2012, Mr. Dale Martin took over the position and remains in the position today. In the summer of 2017, the Clearwater-Orchard reorganization separated back to Clearwater Public and Orchard Public Schools. The Unified District is celebrating its 19th year and is recognized as the longest running unified district.


Our Schools

Welcome to the Nebraska Unified District #1

Unification for a quality education!

Clearwater  -   Orchard  -  Verdigre

Our Instructors

All Nebraska Unified District 1 teachers are licensed to teach by the state. Many also have certifications or licenses for specific areas.  Teachers strive for excellence.

Employment Opportunities

  • Competitive
  • Committed
  • Collaborative
  • Continuing

Board Agenda

Nebraska Unified District #1 provides

up to date agenda and minutes.  Check out the Board Agenda