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Salem Heights Elementary School

SALEM HEIGHTS SCHOOL

The first four rooms, office, and supply room of the present school were built in 1929. Ten years later, in 1939, four more I rooms were added, making the two wings to the West. Still another ten years later, in 1949, the addition to the North was added; this addition included three rooms.

The school had a staff of 10 teachers at this time. In January of 1947 the cafeteria was started. This was done by the help of mothers I who volunteered to assist the program. During this same year an election was held to consolidate with the Salem School District. The consolidation was turned down with a 37l-37 tie vote.

Those wishing to become a part of the Salem School System petitioned for another election in the Spring of 1949. This time the election carried with a large majority and the Salem Heights School District #128 became a part of the Salem . Schoo1 District on July 1, 1949. The seventh and eight grades at Salem Heights School began attending Leslie Junior High that Fall.

The enrollment here has grown steadily. In the Fall of 1946, 145 students enrolled. By 1949 the building was again full, and 60 students (7th and 8th) were sent to Leslie Junior High. By 1953 the school was again full. Morningside School was built, and 85 of the Salem Heights students were transferred to the new Morningside School.

School boundaries were changed to take care of this transfer. The enrollment continued to grow. In the Fall of 1955 a large number of Salem Heights students were sent to the new Candalaria School, and the boundaries were again changed. This still did not take care of the growth. As the 1956-1957 school year closes, we find the school with a staff of 11 teachers and 340 students in grades 1 through 6.

A major addition is planned during the Summer of 1957. From the March 1925 issue of the State Teachers’ Association Quarterly comes the following: We are spending now for the education of every child, taking the nation as a whole, sixty dollars and sixty-seven cents a year, but for the education of the rural child we are spending only an average of forty dollars and forty cents a year. You see we are giving the rural child only about twO-thirds as much per capita as we are giving the city children.

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