This will be a tale in multiple parts.
The point of school consolidations is to bring schools together. To combine resources, perhaps to lose an outmoded building with a declining student population.
Consolidations usually take.
Lowndes County High opened in 1959, joining together Clyattville, Lake Park, Naylor and part of Pine Grove. In 1966, it consolidated further with the addition of Hahira. Lowndes has flirted with a new high school, but has held fast for more than 50 years.
North Habersham and South Habersham combined in 1970. They are seemingly contently wedded to one another.
Not all consolidations take. Duluth and Norcross were joined for a single school year, 1957-58 as West Gwinnett, before Duluth demanded to be set free. Greene-Taliaferro, Mitchell-Baker and Tri-County all joined and split.
Those decisions are generally final. Authorities involved realized that one situation or the other was best for their student populations.
But in one county school system, that wasn’t it. They were together, then they were not. Then they were together again.
This is Camden County.
Camden is the only known county school system in Georgia to have consolidated, broken up, then consolidated again.
Continue reading “Breaking up was hard to do in Camden (Part I)”
In 2016, 419 of 458 schools in the Georgia High School Association played football, including 91 of the 121 in Class A, the league’s smallest. That’s a far cry from 1960, when in Class C – then the GHSA’s tiniest – 33 of the 135 schools hit the gridiron.
Everyone had to start somewhere.
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One of the most iconic images of historic American education is that of the country schoolhouse. A one-room fixture, it represented education and it represented communities.
One-room schools are rare these days. Florida closed its last one, Duette Elementary, in 2016. Minnesota still has one, Angle Inlet, located in a section of the state only accessible by roads in Canada.
Georgia, generally being easily accessible and communities located close enough to towns of some size, began weeding theirs out as soon as possible. By 1960, they were all but extinct.
Continue reading “Some stats on the decline of one-teacher schools”
Miller County is the epitome of a Class A public school in the Georgia High School Association.
The sole high school in a county whose population the United States census estimates at a hair under 6,000 in 2016, Miller personifies rural Georgia. A quick scan of the city via Google Maps shows all the staples – a Hardee’s and a Dollar General.
Continue reading “Miller County was once a large high school”