THE NEW CCS
Construction of the
school began in 1950, opening its doors in Sep-1951, making the CCS
class of 1952 the first to graduate from the “new school”.
The cost cutting, the estimating and re-estimating, and all the
other fancy footwork make it difficult to determine actual
construction cost. The officially published number is $850,000, but
my research leads me to believe the number was closer to $1,200,000.
The cornerstone ceremony was 28-Sep-1950. Gardner Cullinan, mayor,
was master of ceremonies. Speakers included Clarence Coulter, BOE
president; Ernest W. Bodenstab, principal; Mrs. Seth Craig, PTA
president; Ken Wilbur, faculty president; Mrs. Caroline P. Perry,
long-time district superintendent; and Elmer Dering, Student Council
Clarence Coulter laid a copper box inside the cornerstone [note:
this is the 1950 marker to the right of the original Main Entrance].
This time capsule contains election ballots, budgets, advertising
material on bids for the school, a program, and various news stories
of the new building.
When the new school was originally proposed in 1946, it was designed
to house 720 students, but it was scaled back in size through
repeated cost-cutting measures.
There were 29 classrooms, a library, cafeteria, agriculture room,
board room, and a gymnasium-auditorium. In another cost-cutting
measure, the Bus Garage was located on the first floor of the
Hubbard Addition of the Old School
By 1955 enrollment had grown to 900, with the sixth grade forced
into the junior high wing and the art room became a classroom. In
1956 Eagle Bridge and Buskirk school districts voted to join the CCS
District. Patrician Hall was used for some class overflow
The first addition was approved by voters in the Spring of 1957
Pictures and story
submitted by Ken Gottry
This picture that
was taken at my home where we had a spaghetti luncheon!
I forgot to take out the garlic bread until after everyone left!!
Winnie, Roxy, me, and Linda!
Missing is Dolores and Donna!!
Robert Headwell Jr. being sworn
in as Montgomery County Legislator District 4 by his son, Honorable
Robert Headwell III Town of Glen justice with his grandson Robert
Headwell IV and his father Robert Headwell Sr. holding the Bible.