Friday, September 30, 2016

Brownsburg schools deal with rapid growth (1955)

source: Danville Gazette - issue of Thursday, June 23, 1955 - page 1, column 1:

According to a newspaper article, in June 1955, Brownsburg's schools were dealing with rapid growth. Figures from the Hendricks County Schools Superintendent show that for the 1950-1951 school year, Lincoln Township schools had about 500 students; for the 1954-1955 school year, Brownsburg's elementary and high schools had 951 total students, almost double what it had been just 4 years before.

In 1952 Lincoln Township built a new 8-room elementary school on 12 acres of land, at a cost of $160,000. In 1954 they contracted to build 4 additional rooms at a cost of $56,000, to be ready for the 1955-1956 school year. In 1955, they were in the process of designing a new high school and gymnasium east of the new elementary school, estimated to cost $450,000 to $500,000 and to hopefully be ready for use in the 1957-1958 school year. The new high school would have 16 classrooms and the gymnasium would have seating for 3,000 people, plus temporary bleachers to seat another 1,000 people.

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