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RICHBURG CENTRAL SCHOOL
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TWENTY YEARS OF
1. Old School-1925.
In the past twenty-two years we have seen the
beginning and continuous growth of Central Rural
Schools in the rural districts of New York State.
The primary objective of these Central schools has
been to give the rural youth of New York State a
more equitable educational program in comparison
with the educational advantages of youth in the city
The small community of Richburg feels proud
that they were pioneers in the Central School move-
ment, the second Central School in Allegany County
and the nineteenth Central School in New York
State. We, also, feel happy knowing that we have
been able to give the youth of our community for
twenty-one years the many advantages that a Cen-
tral Rural School affords.
ln the year of our Lord 1925, the year preceding
the centralization, found an inadequate wooden
siructure school building which was unsuitable for
accommodating the one hundred and fifty-eight pu-
pils then attending the Richburg Union Free School.
Of these one hundred and fifty-eight pupils, fifty-
eight were in high school and one hundred in grades
one through eight.
A total of seven teachers, four for grades and
three for high school comprised the faculty of the
Richburg Union Free School in 1925-26. This
would be considered an understaffed faculty today.
Because of the condition existing in the school at
this time it was decided that the district needed a
better school for the youth of their community. In
March 1925 at a meeting of the Board of Educa-
tion, an architect was designated to draft tentative
plans for a new Union Free School building, which
were to be presented to the Board as soon as they
ln August 1925, at a special meeting of the Board
of Education, a contract was signed with A. W. E.
Schoenberg of Olean as architect for the new school
At a special meeting of the legal voters of Rich-
burg Union Free School, on the 15th day of Sep-
tember the voters of the district authorized the
Board of Education to cause plans and specifications
to be prepared and to proceed with the erection of a
new school house on the present site owned by the
school district. The Board of Education, at that
time, consisted of: Floyd Saunders, Presidentg
Howard Thomson, Frank Qwens, Clarence Allen,
Claire Miller, James S. Johnston and clerk, Alice
After bids had been submitted and contracts let,
the ground work for the new school was started in
March 1926. As the new building progressed, the
Board of Education began to discuss the possibility
of taking advantage of the new Central School State
Aid law passed by the New York State legislature
in 1925, provided that they could interest enough
rural districts to consolidate with them. It was be-
lieved that by forming a central rural school dis-
trict, Richburg and the surrounding community
stood to gain considerably more financial aid from
the State and at the same time would be able to offer
a much better educational program than could be
offered in a Union Free School.
With this thought in mind the School Board or-
ganized committees to contact the voters of the pro-
posed Central district, to explain the advantages to
be gained through centralization and answer ques-
tions relative to the plan. Throughout the history
of the Richburg Centralization it has always been
the plan of the Board of Education to present the
matter as a business proposition showing that the
advantages outweighed the disadvantages, with no
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