Lake Maxinkuckee Its Intrigue History & Genealogy Culver, Marshall, Indiana

Elementary School Historical Accounting  



A historical accounting of the school is given by Minnie (Schilling) Osborn:

AN EARLY HISTORY OF CULVER HIGH SCHOOL
Mrs. W. O. Osborn

The Construction of the School

Your present school was built in stages. The parts that remain were built in 1929, 1952, 1986 and 1990. The gym was built in 1929 and is now 65 years old. Part of the classrooms were built in 1952, so that part of your school is 42 years old. The south end where the cafeteria­-multi-purpose room is was built in 1986. This area used to be for the high school until it moved to its present home next to state road 10. So the south end of your present building is 8 years old. The north end of your elementary building had two classrooms added in 1990.

Which makes that end of your school only 4 years old. If we include the basement which belonged to the first elementary school that was here in 1906, part of your school would be 88 years old. The metal building that sits by your playground has been here since World War II, so the age of it is not known. It has served as a storage area, the shop for the high school students, and the band room for the high school and grade school students. It belonged to the Army before we received it, so it's age is questionable. We received the building around 1946.

Since the buildings were built at different times, different construction companys worked on your elementary building. The gym was built by Russel L. Easterday Construction Co. They also built the part that was built in 1952. The Cafeteria-muti-purpose area was built by H. G. Christman Construction Co. and the two new classrooms built in 1990 were built by Easterday Construction Co.

When the elementary was built in 1952, the principal was Shelton Kaiser. I have a picture of him and the first group of teachers who taught in your elementary.I also put a picture of the Superintendent of Schools on that page because in 1952 the Superintendent was for the whole county. Now our Superintendent, Mr Mills is just in charge of our schools, not the whole county. He still has a very big job.

The school is 42 years old. The south end where the cafeteria­-multi-purpose room is was built in 1986. This area used to be for the high school until it moved to its present home next to state road 10. So the south end of your present building is 8 years old. The north end of your elementary building had two classrooms added in 1990. Which makes that end of your school only 4 years old. If we include the basement which belonged to the first elementary school that was here in 1906, part of your school would be 88 years old. The metal building that sits by your playground has been here since World War II, so the age of it is not known.

It has served as a storage area, the shop for the high school students, and the band room for the high school and grade school students. It belonged to the Army before we received it, so it's age is questionable. We received the building around 1946.

Since the buildings were built at different times, different construction companys worked on your elementary building. The gym was built by Russel L. Easterday Construction Co. They also built the part that was built in 1952. The Cafeteria-muti-purpose area was built by H. G. Christman Construction Co. and the two new classrooms built in 1990 were built by Easterday Construction Co.

The First Principal

When the elementary was built in 1952, the principal was Shelton Kaiser. I have a picture of him and the first group of teachers who taught in your elementary. I also put a picture of the Superintendent of Schools on that page because in 1952 the Superintendent was for the whole county. Now our Superintendent, Mr Mills is just in charge of our schools, not the whole county. He still has a very big job.

Teachers

I decided to choose the teacher who has taught the longest in your school and is still teaching. In years past many teachers taught 40 to 50 years, but it would be difficult to find who has really taught the longest. Mary E. Weirick started teaching in 1960 which was 34 years ago. Her picture is in your book.

I will let your teacher explain how she goes about getting her supplies for the classroom. As a school board member we pay the bills and set budgets, but the day to day workings of the school is left to the principals, teachers. and Mr. Mills.

The school board has many duties and it would be a long list. Our main job is to make sure all of our students get a good education and have a good environment to work and learn in. We try to listen to all the people in our community to make our school the very best place it can be.






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