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Wyandotte County, Kansas

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"HOMELAND SCHOOLS", Cabins to Complexes
Compiled by Republic County Retired Teachers Association
Copyright 1976
(Copy available at the Republic County Historical Society and Museum; Belleville, KS)

p. 38 - (Note:  The following is an example from Republic County, Kansas - the problem which no doubt existed for Wyandotte County and numerous school districts throughout the state in the beginning.)

In the earliest days of settlers in Republic County, there were no schools.  If there were, they were very few and far away.  So the children were taught by their parents in private groups in private homes.  The situation was the same wherever there were children and early settlers.

No doubt in some of the earliest meetings of the settlers and the commissioners, this problem was brought up.  It is believed they set up the school districts, calling them such as School District No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, etc.  These first districts were laid out according to settlements as they were made.  Rarely was there a school actually built within them until some later date. 

When these first districts were mapped, the area population was small and the districts large.  But as time went on and there were more and more settlers in all areas and the population growing, the school districts were made smaller.  In the changing of these districts in size, their numbers became intermixed.  Also, in some cases one district would even overlap another.

After a few years, settlers began to build schoolhouses.  The building of these schools did not follow a district number order.  Thus the first, second, third, etc. schools built in the county do not necessarily have the number corresponding to the numbered order of the school districts.

Private schools were not considered, nor were the school district numbers in the building of the schools.  The schools were built as needed or after the money to build was raised.

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