Richburg Central School - Quill Yearbook (Richburg, NY)

 - Class of 1947

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1 4 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 districts. 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 were ready. 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 building. 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 VVoodard. 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 2. Pine Grove School 'uf' i

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