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Bancroft School System

School District No. 20 in Cumming County covers 133 square miles. The district is accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the North Central Association.

In addition to a core curriculum, vocational courses offered in the high school include home economics, business, and industrial arts. Adult educational programs can be made available in the high school in cooperation with the Northeast Community College.

Bond Information

Unpaid $3,190,000
Interest RateVaries
IssuedJuly 1, 1997
DueJuly 1, 2017

The 2001-2002 school operating expenses total $2,016,239 with an average cost per pupil of $6,562.  Actual valuation per pupil is $365,556.  It is estimated that 99 percent of the eighth grade students finish high school.

  Number Classrooms Students Teacher
Pupil Ratio
Elementary 1 9 132 1/15
Elementary* 1 2 19 1/9
Jr./Sr. High 1 14 164 1/11

*Zion Lutheran Bancroft, 1710 20th Rd., 5 1/2 miles from Bancroft.  Phone 402-648-7534


Bancroft and surrounding area preschool children are able to attend Bancroft Community Preschool.  Classes are held Wednesday and Friday with both morning and afternoon sessions.  For more information, phone 402-648-7424.

Educational Service Unit

Bancroft is served by Educational Service Unit 2 which is headquartered in Fremont and serves four counties.


Bancroft is part of the Northeast Community College area which serves 20 counties in northeast Nebraska from a main campus in Norfolk. Northeast offers more than 50 technical, vocational, business, and liberal arts programs. The Community Services Division provides adult and continuing education as well as other community services to the northeast Nebraska area.

Wayne State College, 32 miles from Bancroft, offers 53 majors and 35 minors in eight academic divisions. The college also offers a master of business administration degree and graduate degrees in education.

Other colleges within 105 miles of Bancroft are Briar Cliff College, Morningside College, and Western Iowa Tech in Sioux City, Iowa, 45 miles; Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Nebraska, 50 miles; University of Nebraska at Omaha, 78 miles; and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 102 miles.

Medical Medical

A satellite of the Pender Medical Clinic is located at 219 Main Street in Bancroft and staffed by one physician every Tuesday morning and one physician's assistant every Thursday afternoon.  Phone 402-648-7606.


The Pender Community Hospital, 10 miles northwest of Bancroft, has 47 beds and 7 bassinets and is accredited by the state of Nebraska. Services include general medicine, family practice, general surgery, laboratory, pharmacy, ultrasound, echocardiology, coronary care, physical therapy, prenatal classes, mammography, radiology, swing bed care, cardiac rehab, and emergency care. Life Steps, an educational class for better diet and exercise, has recently been made available. Life Line is available via Marion Air Care of Sioux City, Iowa.

Specialists commute from Sioux City, Iowa, and Fremont, Nebraska, to provide services at the hospital for urology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology, cardiology, obstetrics, and gynecology.

The St. Francis Memorial Hospital in West Point, 18 miles southwest of Bancroft, has a capacity of 49 beds and 10 bassinets. Available services include general medicine, obstetrics, prenatal care, ultrasound, laboratory, stress testing lab, CAT scans, eschocardiology, radiology, mammography, acute care, swing bed care, vascular studies, cardiac care, cardiac rehab, nuclear medicine, physical therapy, infection control, pharmacy, outpatient surgery, observation, discharge planning, preoperational services, emergency care, home health care, and life lines. Free blood pressure checks, diabetic education, wellness program, social services, and mental health care are provided.

Fire Protection Fire Protection

Fire protection is provided in the community by a 23-member volunteer fire department. The department also provides protection for areas outside the village limits by responding to mutual aid calls. The Bancroft Volunteer Fire Department has 13 certifed Emergency Medical Technicians who operate the department's two fully-equipped ambulances.

Police Department Police Department

The Bancroft Police Department is staffed by one full-time and one part-time policeman. The crime rate per 1,000 population in Cuming County in 1992 was 11.6 compared to a state crime rate (excluding Omaha) of 35.7 and a national rate of 56.6.

Churches Churches

Holy Cross Catholic Church
    508 Park Rd
    Phone:   402-687-2102
    Masses: 2nd & 4th Saturdays - 7 p.m.
                   Sunday - 10:30 a.m.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
    501 Park Rd
    Phone: 402-648-7689
    Worship Services: Saturday 7 p.m.
                                    Sunday 10:30 a.m.

     Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church
    202 W. Popular St.
    Phone: 402-648-7692
    Worship Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

     Sunday School:Adults - 9 a.m.
                                Youth - 9:15 a.m.

Zion Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
    1710 20th Rd.
    Phone: 402-648-7939
    Worship Services: Sunday 9 a.m.

     Sunday School & Adult Bible Class: 10:15 a.m.

Senior Center Senior Center

The Bancroft Senior Center provides seniors with opportunities for Bingo, speakers, birthday parties, potluck dinners, quilting, pool, live dancing and exercise as well as a chimers group. The center is located at 215 Main Street.  Contact Connie Bargmann or phone 402-648-3387 for more information.

Post Office Post Office

The Bancroft Post Office, built in 1995, has one postal receipt and one mail dispatch daily. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m-10:30 a.m.

Housing Housing

Barber's Sunrise Villa, 402 Vine Street, was constructed in 1993 and contains eight low-cost housing units. Contact Laurie Brokow at 402-648-3355 for more information.

Two new homes were constructed during the past 2 years and it is estimated that one will be built this year.  The average cost of new home construction for the past 5 years was $90,000.

Bancroft Public Library Bancroft Public Library

The Bancroft Public Library, 104 E. Popular St., contains 8,170 volumes and has an average circulation of 26,069.  Internet access is available to the public at the computerized library.  The library conducts a pre-school story hour and a summer reading program.  Contact Judy Meyer at 402-648-3350 for more information.

City Auditorium City Auditorium

The Bancroft Community Building has three levels--basement, main floor, and mezzanine--available to rent for parties, wedding receptions and dances.   Located at 502 Main Street, contact 402-648-3332 for more information.

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