Richburg Central School - Quill Yearbook (Richburg, NY)

 - Class of 1947

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PROGRESS AT RICHBUR6 pressure brought to bear on any rural district consid- ering centralizing. All the Board members, who have taken part in the centralization, should be com- mended highly for the way in which they attained a reality-the Richburg Central School. As a result of this business-like procedure the following common school districts, Nos. 2 CPine Grovej, 5 CWirt Centerl, 7 CCottrellD, 8 CPleas- ant Valleyj, 10 CDimmickD of the town of VVirt, and Union Free School district No. 1 of the towns of Wirt and Bolivar, at a meeting on June 29, 1926, voted and organized as a Central Rural School district. The new school district was des- ignated as Central School District No. 1 of the towns of Wirt and Bolivar, Allegany County. The Board of Education chosen by the people to head the new centralization consisted of: Floyd Saunders, president, James S. Johnston, Clarence F. Allen, Herbert L. Wightxnan and Henry Millis. At the first meeting the new Board appointed Wilfred J. Coyle as the first Principal of the new Central School. Elmer Cowles was appointed clerk and tax collector of the Board and Gerald Wight- man, treasurer. ln the first year of centralization, transportation of pupils from outlying districts became an immedi- ate problem. The P. S. 85 N. R. R. Co. contracted to provide railroad transportation for the pupils from Wirt Centerg the train to arrive about 8:15 and to return at 4:00 P. M. The O. B. S. Trac- tion Co. contracted to furnish transportation for the pupils from the Cottrell district. L. A. Wightman contracted with the Board to furnish transportation for those living in the Dimmick and Pleasant Val- ley districts. Harold Steiner contracted to provide transportation for the Pine Grove district. During severe winter weather it was necessary to bring the pupils from some sections of the district by horse and sleigh. 3. lnavale School 4. Dimmick School As early as December 1928 it was found that the new school building lacked suihcient storage space so, an additional' room, size 16 x 11 feet to be used for storage, was added to the present building. After many discussions in regard to increasing the educational services, it was decided in August 1928 to initiate business and physical education departments that fall. Seven typewriters were pur- chased and Priscilla Broadwell was employed as in- structor. Miss Iva Jackson was employed as the first physical education instructor. In January 1929 the people residing in the Dim- mick School district decided to close their school and bring all their pupils to Richburg. This school, al- though a part of the original centralization, had been kept open for the first six grades. The Board of Education decided in the spring of 1929 that their school enrollment was increasing to such an extent that they should still further increase their educational offerings and as a result it was de- cided to open music and art departments in the fall. Dorothy LeChien was employed to this position and opened these departments in the Richburg Central School in the fall term of 1929. At the annual school meeting in August 1929 the School Board was authorized to dispose of the dis- trict school houses known as Pine Grove, Wirt Cen- ter, Cottrell, and Pleasant Valley. This was the beginning of the loss of identity of the old common school districts in our community. In the state of New York, previous to central rural school districts, there were approximately ten thousand common school districts, however, the increase in central schools to the present time has cut the number of common school districts more than half. It was decided in the spring of 1930 to employ a man as physical education director full-time. Ira Brown was employed to this position and continued to serve the district well for eleven years. 3

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