Culver School History 1950 - 1959
19_ Principle - Raymond "Doc" Ives, Jr.
1950 - MArch 29 - School Officials Retaining Bradley as Architect
for the New Grade Building
1950 - May - Graduates - Anna Mae Altheide, Denzil Dean Baker, Gawendolyn Joan Barnes, Shirley Ann Ellam, Morris R. Fishburn, Robert Russell Flors, James Thomas Harper, Virginia Sue Kovacs, George A. Listenberger, Miriam Elaine Lowry, Mpaul E. Lucas, Dalia Ann McCarthy, Vern B. McKee, Ernest E. Martin, Ritchie Dean Mikesell, Wayne Starr Miller, Allen Ray Morris, Ruth Alice Neidlinger, Frances Eve Pettis, Gledn Edward Schrimsher, Stanley Matthew Sikora, Albert Sytsma Jr., Paul Ellsworth Triplet, Fay Ellen Weiger, Alice Jean Wilson, Rebecca Winn and Walter Hewitt Wise.
In 1952 the old high school of 1906 which had been used as the elementary from about 1921 was razed except for the basement area -
the so called "tunnel" so many of us remember. Ground was broken for a new grade school building on the area just north of the high school.
- January 2 – The contract for the construction of the new elementary school building here has been awarded to the Russell L. Easterday Construction Company.
- January 9 – Construction work on new grade school building started this week by Russell L. Easterday has made necessary emergency traffic regulations along School Street….
- November 12 – Grade teachers, pupils took up new residence in the completed wing of the new building Friday…
- November 19 – The new school building open house attracted about 1,000 visitors…
It was dedicated on Tuesday Evening, November 17, 1953
Therefore when we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight…not for present use alone.
Let it be such a work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time
will come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands touched them or that men will say as they
look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
- John Ruskin, Copy of the dedication booklet for the new elementary building.
1954 - 17 March Culver Citizen - Raymond J. Ives jr. is named to succeed Floyd M. Annis as principal of the
culver public schools. M. r. Robinson is named as assistant pricipal.
1957 - September 10 – New School cafeteria, completely equipped, starts serving hot lunches.
1959 – State School Reorganization Law enacted. The Indiana General Assembly passed the Indiana School Reorganization
Act of 1959 [ Acts 1959, ch. 202 as amended, Burns IND. STAT. ANN. 28-6101 to 28-6131.] that requires school
districts with fewer than 2,000 students to consolidate with nearby districts.
This forced all the smaller schools to consolidate and had a huge effect on all of the small communities that dotted
Indiana - forming the school systems of today. One of the Indiana lawyers from Indianapolis who helped draft the
act was Lew Bose. This act required that all schools within the state of Indiana be organized into single unit school
corporations of at least one thousand students in attendance
Some historians have called Indiana 's 1959 School Reorganization Act the most significant piece of legislation in the
20th Century. It may have changed education for the better- even though that, too, is debatable, but it altered
small towns and high school basketball even more
The School Reorganization Act of 1959 was passed by the General Assembly, State of Indiana, to accommodated the
population boom and provide a better education for our children. This began a whirlwind throughout the state of
reorganizations and consolidations.
As mandated by the reorganization act, a committee had to be established to conduct the reorganization proceedings
With passage of the School Corporation Reorganization Act of 1959, some 10 years later, the state mandated local
school reorganization study committees in each county with the purpose -- more successful in some counties than
others -- of gaining added consolidation compliance. By 1968, the number of school districts statewide had been
reduced additionally from 939 to 382
If one could find - The School Corporation Reorganization Act of 1959 statutes Indiana. Laws (etc)
Indiana Farm Bureau, Incorporated, 1959
Its effort was to raise educational standards. That decreased the number of small schools
1959 - March 18 Junior woman's Olub plans to erect a bicycle rack at the school Which will be moved each summer
to the town park.
Culver Union Twp. School has for many years been under the age-old Twp. trustee system with the top professional
administrator a County Superintendent of schools. Culver's situation was some what unique in that it was a consolidation
of a town and twp. under the auspices of the elected twp. trustee. As is recorded in school history, the legislature in
1959 passed the Indiana School Reorganization Act in 1959 which invited many small schools to incorporate as
larger schools. This was to be directed by a county committee for reorganization.