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The five-room Wayne Township Consolidated School, built as part of the federal government’s Public Works Administration (PWA) initiative, opened for classes for students in grades 1-8 in early September 1937. When it was opened the old one-room schools of Quarry, Mt. Hope, and Locust Ridge were closed for good. Due to overcrowding one additional room was added in 1941 and again in 1950. A major addition of four classrooms was completed in 1955. At that time the crowded school contained 355 total students. (1967) Full Size
The Wayne Township Consolidated School became part of the Ellwood City Area School District beginning in July 1959. It served the Ellwood City district until dwindling attendance saw it closed in 1984. The property was sold less than a decade later. (c2012) Full Size
This view shows the back of the old school. It currently sits vacant atop its hillside perch along Old Pittsburgh Road – just north of the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church and Cemetery. (c2012) Full Size
A class photo – possibly sixth or seventh graders – from the Wayne Township Consolidated School during 1952. I have a listing of all the names and will post them later. The teacher is identified as Mrs. Kelso. (1952) Full Size
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