New Schools for a New Year
Hard as it may be for some of today’s students to believe, their 75-year-old schools were, at their birth, centerpieces of community pride. Built in the midst of the Great Depression by FDR’s “New Deal” Works Progress Administration, they were shining examples of what has become a dishonored creed in many quarters: that government exists to build infrastructure and to invest mightily in its communities. The construction of these schools brought dozens of jobs at decent wages to tens of thousands of towns and villages across America, including Andes, Roxbury and Margaretville, where the new schools were a cause of community-wide celebration and reverence.
Let’s start with Andes! The following story was printed as a very long caption to the photo (above right). Note that there were still schools in Shavertown, Pleasant Valley, Union Grove, Shaver Hollow, Cabin Hill and Dingle Hill.