Centralized School Dedicated in
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Oxford, Dec. 18 -- This town ? its remaining "little red
schoolhouses: today and brought its primary school facilities up to
date with the dedication of the quarter-million Oxford Centralized
Two hundred townspeople joined with town and Board of Education
officials at ceremonies at which the cornerstone was laid and ~
combination gymnasium-auditorium as officially opened.
The eight classrooms of the school have been in use for several
The town was congratulated ~ its enterprise by a member of the
state Board of Education, Mrs. Helen L. Gilbert, Norwich, who urged
that the townspeople support the state board's plans to improve
facilities for training teachers in the state.
The 10-year program of the state board, she said, is designed to
provide teachers "who will not fail our future citizens." The state,
she added, is not training teachers fast enough for the needs of the
next 10 years.
Eldridge E. Seeley, chairman of the School Building Committee,
turned the building to the town, represented by First Selectman Fred R.
Bice, Jr., who in tern presented the building to the Board of
Education, whose chairman, Franklyn R. Sanford, accepted it.
"In order to justify the expense of this school, we must increase
the level of education, he said, pledging that the board would raise
the level. He pointed out that the new school will make possible the
first hot lunch program in the town's history. The program will start
Mr. Seeley said the school cost $239,712 with and additional ~ for
grading work. A state grant will cover $50,000 of the cost. The
artesian well for the school was donated by Stephen B. Church Company,
Thomas Schreiber former chairman of the Board of Education said
the new school will replace the Quaker Farms School, built in 1912; the
Church School, built in 1920, and the Center School, built in 1925. The
town a century ago had 15 school districts but the number was steadily
reduced by out-migrations and the advent of motor transportation.
Mrs. John E. Smedley, president of the Oxford PTA, expressed
thanks to the parents for the school. Rev. E. G. Zelllers pronounced
the invocation the Rev. REv. Albert A. Callahan, the benediction.
Prin. Richard A. Wilkinson led singing. Hubert E. Stoddard ~ of the
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