Year of "Lasts" for Newcastle School

NEWCASTLE (AP) - It's a year of "lasts" for Newcastle High School in northeast Nebraska. The last prom, the last set of finals, the last high school graduation in the village of 325 people. Newcastle officials have been struggling with declining enrollment and so have agreed to consolidate the district with the Hartington district. The merger is expected to be approved Tuesday during a meeting of the State Committee for the Reorganization of School Districts in Lincoln. The plan for next year has students from fifth grade through high school attending school in Hartington, 28 miles away. Hartington administrators have said students from prekindergarten through fourth grade will remain at Newcastle for at least for a year. Beyond that, it's uncertain.