Today in history: Manton, Harlan consolidate for agricultural high schools | New

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August 5, 1921

County Wexford will have two more state-supported consolidated rural agricultural high schools. Manton and Harlan are the sites of the new schools, which will join the well-known institutions of Buckley and Hoxeyville, making this county a leader in modern rural education. The districts of the township of Boon are voting today on a similar project. To date, only one community in County Wexford has turned down the proposal for a consolidated school, and the progress of institutions already built here have drawn great attention in educational circles. The Liberty and Cedar Creek school districts voted for consolidation last week at a meeting in Manton. Cedar Creek District # 2 cast its 30 votes in favor of the proposal. Fractional No. 3 and Fractional No. 2 of Liberty voted 31-12 for the proposal. A general school election will be held the last of next week and a new school board will be organized for the new consolidated district. Manton immediately began to change the village school houses to accommodate students from outside. Home science and manual training rooms will be upgraded and Roy Noteware, county school commissioner, has been authorized to hire a home science teacher who will be in charge of the domestic art course in the new consolidated schools. State aid of around $ 2,000 will be received for the new rural agricultural high school in Manton. An election was also held a few days ago in Harlan, where another rural agricultural school district was affected by the consolidation of two districts in County Wexford and two in Manistee County. This school will be located in the village of Harlan in County Wexford. A general school election will be called immediately to provide a new consolidated board for the school. Harlan School will be a modern school specially adapted for work. About $ 2,500 in state aid will be the annual aid for this school.

Aug 5, 1996

Cadillac area public school officials plan to announce this week that a proposed upper elementary school will be built if a vote of one thousand passes. A citizens’ committee worked for months on the latest plan to reduce CAPS overcrowding, which led to the proposal of a separate building to house the sixth and seventh years. School board president Craig Weidner said committee members wanted to show voters what they would vote for, ahead of the Sept. 24 election. They also considered giving voters two options as to where the school could be built. But architects need to know where the school will be located before they can make conceptual drawings of what the building would look like, which is why the school board decided to only select one site. “The citizens’ committee found it easier to build community support for something that was actually planned and not just a cake,” Weidner said. The school board is not buying the property now, he said, but is working on the details of an option on the property to buy it once a mile has passed.


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