Niagara Gazette

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August 19, 2013

HIGGS: Number of schools in LaSalle grows

Niagara Gazette — I was not able to find out what happened to the former Cayuga Drive School in time for last week’s deadline but Teresa Lasher-Winslow came to the rescue later that week. The school was closed in 1976 and sold to a developer for $14,000. It was demolished and replaced by private residential building lots currently occupied by single-family housing. The original Niagara No. 4 was moved from that site back in 1909 and is still located on 88th Street and Mang Avenue. Terry is trying to locate the original plaque from No. 4 District School 1909. She has the photo but the plaque is missing. Does anyone know where this may be?

Terry has been active in collecting and relating the history of LaSalle to the public. She held a lecture series last year and covered a lot of territory and noted there is a display of former LaSalle schools this summer on the second floor of the LaSalle Library.

Moving along to the late 1940s, I found an article in the March 1948 Gazette which stated that Howard Stone of the board of education studied the cost of moving students throughout the LaSalle section of the city. He determined the one-year cost would be $37,000 for school year 1948-49 or $5.06 per pupil per month and felt this warranted building new schools closer to the growing populations. On April 7, 1948, an election was held to vote on construction of two elementary schools; one at 93rd and Colvin Boulevard in the former Griffon Manor area of LaSalle and another at Lindbergh Avenue between 79th and 80th streets.

Seventy-ninth and 93rd street schools were completed in 1950 and were the first new schools built since 1931. The finished buildings were identical in modern design and function. Seventy-Ninth Street School, a two-story brick building with 22 classrooms, an auditorium, gymnasium and pool was completed at a cost of $992,996 which included the land, building and equipment. Ninety-Third Street School was identical in construction and size and the cost was $1,018,162. These two schools were the pioneers in the establishment of an on premises school library with a full-time librarian.

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