Historical Details

Grade School Building Put Up for Sale

Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 04/30/1953

Niobrara County School Board, meeting last Thursday to put the old Lusk Grade School up for sale immediately so that any parties interested could plan ahead. It will not be turned over to the buyer until the new grade building is completed.

Bids will be opened according to official call elsewhere in this issue, at 3:00 p. m. on May 14.

Constructed a little over 40 years ago, the building is considered structurally sound, although it can no longer be considered adequate or safe, particularly from the standpoint of fire, for the approximately 350 elementary pupils attending classes in it.

When the building was constructed high school was held in the second floor and elementary classes on the ground level with an estimated capacity of 150 to a maximum of 200.

Delivery date is tentatively set for early summer of 1954, but will be contingent upon progress of building the new building.

The Ballard rural school is also being declared surplus  and will also be sold May 14 if satisfactory bids are received. There has been no school in this building for several years and it does not appear that it will be needed for school purposes at any future time.


Joe Chasteen has signed a contract to serve as principal and coach at Manville School next year and Richard  Clabaugh will return as mathematics and shop instructor and in addition will serve as assistant coach. A number of other contracts have been offered.

Other business included a discussion of school and transportation problems with a group of patrons of the Indian Creek area, and consultation with County Treasurer G.L. Pfeifer in connection with the building funds derived from the bond issue.

There will be another special meeting on Apr. 30 in an attempt to clear up a back-log of accumulated routine business.

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