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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

Stratford schools,   pp. 92-100


Page 95

From Stratford Journal, February 1, 1924
Shall Our High School Be Dissolved?
February fourth will be a red letter day in the
history of Stratford and the surrounding commu-
nities. On that day the voters of our high school
district will be called upon to decide whether or
not the Union Free High School located at Strat-
ford shall be continued.
Will it be cheaper in the long run to dispense
with the high school? If you are an average tax
payer and have an assessed valuation of $3000
you are paying about $6.00 per year towards the
support of the high school. If the high school is
dissolved parents will have to send their children
to neighboring towns to school.
You voters and citizens of Stratford, Town of
Eau Pleine and Town of Cleveland think this over
earnestly before you vote upon such vital a ques-
tion. Put the welfare of your children ahead of
your purse and vote against dissolution.
Stratford Elementary School, 1990
Increased enrollments, a need to improve facilities and to
meet the educational needs and requirements of the student
for a changing society has challenged the school district the
past fifty years.
Space needs and athletic competition brought about the
construction of four classrooms, gymnasium, stage and fur-
nace room for occupancy in 1937 to the north of the original
1907 building. A rural school building was moved in for an
agriculture shop. They later moved another rural school to
town and attached it to the first one to be used as the
agriculture class room.
Again space needs, curriculum enrichment and improved
facilities resulted in the 1953 addition to the west of the 1907
building. This addition included four classrooms, boys and
girls locker room and shower facilities, laundry room and
furnace room modification.
Looking to the future, separation of the elementary and
high school students and a need for larger facilities for both,
initiated the plans for a new high school and land was
purchased east of Third Avenue across the street from the
original school building.
Consolidation of the district not yet complete to provide
the valuation needed to finance a completely new building in


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