Sue’s “Pondering Postulates” were sayings, thoughts, or brain teasers I put up on the chalkboard for my students every morning. I’ll also post here articles or my own opinions for you.
“The amateur works until he get it right. But the professional works until he can’t get it wrong.” – Julie Andrew’s father
“While in public service, one should pursue principles without calculating consequences.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“When you’re young and beautiful, it’s an accident of nature. But when you’re beautiful and older, you’ve earned it. That you created yourself!” – Miles Webber to Rose Nyland on Golden Girls.
A History of Perrysburg Schools
by Mark Weber
The first school was at the foot of the rapids where Dr. Harry Conant handled everything for $25 per month for four months. According to his contract, he had to supply the firewood for heat. Later, families of the pupils had to supply one cord of firewood per child.
The first public school was Perrysburg Union School built in 1849 on Louisiana Ave. between Indiana and Fifth Streets. Voters passed a $1,600 bond issue to construct it. In 1868, enrollment increased so much, a bond issue was passed for $4,000 to remodel and add on. In 1870, teachers were paid $8 to $9 per week. By 1904, Salaries increased to $45 per month.
In May of 1894, arson was the cause of a fire that burned the school to the ground. Voters passed a $20,000 bond issue, and along with $10,000 from the insurance company, a beautiful three story school with an 80′ bell tower was built in one year.
In 1930, a $225,000 bond issue was passed to build a new high school adjacent to the Louisiana school. Still standing today, it is now the Commodore Building.
In 1950 and 1951, public school enrollment increased nearly 21% each year! Elm St School (now Toth), opened in 1952 and we were already out of space. Voters passed a $387,000 issue in 1944, another $500,000 in 1949. Then, $125,000 in 1953 for improvements to the Louisiana School, including removing the third story, and the shaky bell tower.
Pine Street Elementary (now Frank), was built in 1957 after a bond issue for $800,000 was passed.
Growth was happening so rapidly, voters approved 1.8 million in 1962 for a new high school on E.S. Boundary which opened in 1964. another 1.4 million was needed for expansion in 1979. (our current Jr. High.).
After the Three Meadows subdivision brought so many more families to the area, Woodland Elementary opened in 1979 to handle the growth. Ten years later, $8.6 million was approved to build Fort Meigs Elementary. It opened in 1991.
Another fun fact: In the first 50 years of public schools in Perrysburg, there were a total of 160 graduates. The exact same number that graduated in the class of 1965.