BEATRICE - A new conference affiliation Beatrice Public Schools will be joining next year, could pick up several more member schools, pending decisions by four districts.


The new Trailblazer Conference initially will include Beatrice, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, Ralston, Springfield Platteview, and Wahoo.


Beatrice School Superintendent Jason Alexander says there’s now been interest from more districts, in possibly joining.
"We plan to hold discussions with Ashland-Greenwood, Crete, Hastings and Blair in the near future. We believe that all of those four schools have an interest in joining the Trailblazer Conference".
If the new districts join, the Trailblazer Conference would have ten members.


Beatrice is a current member of the River Cities Conference. The new affiliation is thought to better fit the district’s travel arrangements and offer more competition and collaboration possibilities from middle school through high school.


Beatrice High School and Middle School Activities Directors Neal Randel and Jeff Junker have been working with other A-D’s in the affiliated schools, on scheduling of sports and activities.


In other matters at a Beatrice School Board meeting Monday night, the board approved a lease arrangement which will allow the district to get new Chrome Books in the hands of students.
The board voted Monday night to approve the four-year lease at a total cost of $94,429. Superintendent Alexander said the lease option is a way to get the new equipment in place as quickly as possible.


The board approved the new school calendar for the 2020-2021 year. It has a school starting date of August 12th, with the final day of May 18th.


The Beatrice School District also recently acquired a van for use in the district’s special education program. The cost, at $15,900, was slightly under the budget figure authorized by the board.