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The clock is ticking towards the conclusion of nearly four decades of public education at Antigo's rural elementary schools, but first there will be some parties.

Crestwood, Spring Valley and Pleasant View School, the final vestiges of a rural education system that once saw dozens of schoolhouses dot the countryside, will be shuttered at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year on June 7.

The date was determined by the board of education in 2017, part of a districtwide consolidation effort designed to save money and equalize educational opportunities in an age of tightening fiscal resources, state cost controls and declining enrollments. There has also been a long-standing unwillingness by the majority of local voters to support the schools through referendums for increased spending or upgraded facilities.

The farewell celebrations begin on Friday northeast of Antigo at Spring Valley Elementary School, with the theme Spring Valley Farewell: A Tradition of Excellence.” Activities will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include a potluck supper, with meat, buns and beverage provided by the Parent Teacher Organization.

There will also be games, including baseball and soccer, face painting, a dunk tank, fellowship and a visit by Brandt's horse and wagon rides. Memorabilia will be on display.

The event will kick off two weeks of activities at Spring Valley, with each day carrying a different theme that together spell out “SPRING VALLEY.” Days will be themed for shirts, popcorn, rootbeer, Icees, nature, games and down through the list. Capping it all will be “Yell Day” on June 4 with the judging of the classes to see who can yell “Spring Valley rocks!” the loudest.

Crestwood Elementary, located southeast of Antigo, will hold its celebration on Wednesday, May 29 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Highlights will include a student song at 5:15 p.m. followed by a picnic at 5:30 p.m. with the Parent Teacher Organization providing the main entree.

Pleasant View, located southwest of Antigo, will hold its farewell potluck on Friday, May 31 beginning at 11:15 a.m.

Past staff and students are invited to come and say good-bye to the school. Bring a dish to share.

Crestwood, Spring Valley and Pleasant View were constructed after state mandates were passed that required that all areas be attached to a school district which operated a high school on or before July 1, 1963.

The decision came on the heels of a concentrated three-year effort to replace the old schoolhouses which modern plants throughout the county.

Between 1959 and 1962 a $690,000 school building project resulted in the consolidation of 32 one-room schools in 29 school districts into the new elementaries.

Crestwood came first, built at a cost of $140,000 and consolidating Apple Grove, Maple Grove, Making, Highland, Fairview, Franklin and Sugar Bush in July, 1958.

Spring Valley, constructed at a cost of $182,000 and Pleasant View, built for $190,000, both opened in January, 1962. Spring Valley consolidated Selenske, Gillis, Springbrook, Bryant, Neff Switch and Malcolm schools. Pleasant View replaced Hillside, Strassburg, Elmhurst, Sunnyside, Ferndale Clover Valley, Eau Claire, Riverview, Longfellow and Fernwood.

In the same time frame, 1960, voters in the city of Antigo approved a $620,000 bond issue to construct North East and West elementary schools, replacing the five old ward schools constructed at the turn of the century.

The district has been closing schools for years, starting with Lily in 2002, Aniwa in 2003, River Grove in 2007 and Mattoon in 2016.

Beginning in fall, students from the three schools will be shifted to in-town facilities. East, West and North will each house students through grade three, with fourth and fifth graders joining grades six and seven at the current Middle School.

Eighth graders were shifted to the high school at the beginning of the current school year.
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In the top photo, Spring Valley second graders pose at the school entrance. The lower photo shows staff in the gymnasium.

Rural schools marking farewells after many decades of service to community
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The clock is ticking towards the conclusion of nearly four decades of public education at Antigo's rural elementary schools, but first there will be some parties.

Crestwood, Spring Valley and Pleasant View School, the final vestiges of a rural education system that once saw dozens of schoolhouses dot the countryside, will be shuttered at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year on June 7.

The date was determined by the board of education in 2017, part of a districtwide consolidation effort designed to save money and equalize educational opportunities in an age of tightening fiscal resources, state cost controls and declining enrollments. There has also been a long-standing unwillingness by the majority of local voters to support the schools through referendums for increased spending or upgraded facilities.

The farewell celebrations begin on Friday northeast of Antigo at Spring Valley Elementary School, with the theme Spring Valley Farewell: A Tradition of Excellence.” Activities will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include a potluck supper, with meat, buns and beverage provided by the Parent Teacher Organization.

There will also be games, including baseball and soccer, face painting, a dunk tank, fellowship and a visit by Brandt's horse and wagon rides. Memorabilia will be on display.

The event will kick off two weeks of activities at Spring Valley, with each day carrying a different theme that together spell out “SPRING VALLEY.” Days will be themed for shirts, popcorn, rootbeer, Icees, nature, games and down through the list. Capping it all will be “Yell Day” on June 4 with the judging of the classes to see who can yell “Spring Valley rocks!” the loudest.

Crestwood Elementary, located southeast of Antigo, will hold its celebration on Wednesday, May 29 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Highlights will include a student song at 5:15 p.m. followed by a picnic at 5:30 p.m. with the Parent Teacher Organization providing the main entree.

Pleasant View, located southwest of Antigo, will hold its farewell potluck on Friday, May 31 beginning at 11:15 a.m.

Past staff and students are invited to come and say good-bye to the school. Bring a dish to share.

Crestwood, Spring Valley and Pleasant View were constructed after state mandates were passed that required that all areas be attached to a school district which operated a high school on or before July 1, 1963.

The decision came on the heels of a concentrated three-year effort to replace the old schoolhouses which modern plants throughout the county.

Between 1959 and 1962 a $690,000 school building project resulted in the consolidation of 32 one-room schools in 29 school districts into the new elementaries.

Crestwood came first, built at a cost of $140,000 and consolidating Apple Grove, Maple Grove, Making, Highland, Fairview, Franklin and Sugar Bush in July, 1958.

Spring Valley, constructed at a cost of $182,000 and Pleasant View, built for $190,000, both opened in January, 1962. Spring Valley consolidated Selenske, Gillis, Springbrook, Bryant, Neff Switch and Malcolm schools. Pleasant View replaced Hillside, Strassburg, Elmhurst, Sunnyside, Ferndale Clover Valley, Eau Claire, Riverview, Longfellow and Fernwood.

In the same time frame, 1960, voters in the city of Antigo approved a $620,000 bond issue to construct North East and West elementary schools, replacing the five old ward schools constructed at the turn of the century.

The district has been closing schools for years, starting with Lily in 2002, Aniwa in 2003, River Grove in 2007 and Mattoon in 2016.

Beginning in fall, students from the three schools will be shifted to in-town facilities. East, West and North will each house students through grade three, with fourth and fifth graders joining grades six and seven at the current Middle School.

Eighth graders were shifted to the high school at the beginning of the current school year.
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In the top photo, Spring Valley second graders pose at the school entrance. The lower photo shows staff in the gymnasium.
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