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West Salem Elementary

The first building on the present site was a one room school located back of the present building now used by the adult education classes, on the corner of McNary and Elm Streets. It seems to have been used as a community hall and church as well as a school. The present adult Education building was built in 1911.

The old one seems to have been continued for some years as the West Salem Methodist Church until the pre- sent Church building was erected, after which the old one was torn down. Miss Bessie Shinn, who finished teaching a. half year in 1917, says there were only two teachers at that time, although the building had four rooms. She said the grounds were covered with rose briars, and in addition tO planting the maple tree on the corner, they spent Arbor Day digging out rose briars.

In 1927 a concrete building of four rooms and basement facilities was built about 100 feet south of the east building. During the depression in 1938, the present gymnasium was built with W. P. A. assistance, In the spring of 1947 West Salem School was consolidated with the Salem School System. In the fall of 1947 the Salem Schools established West Salem Junior High School in basements, lunch rooms, etc. , and started to build an 8 room addition connecting the 1927 building with the gymnasium. This addition was not completed till the spring of 1949, making it necessary to move two primary rooms into the Kingwood Church basement the second year.

In 1951 a second room addition was completed between the 1911 and 1927 buildings. As the end of the 19534-54 year, on completion of South Salem High building, the West Salem Junior High was discontinued and students transferred to Leslie Junior High. The same year, adult education classes were moved into the old East building.

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