Baker Elementary School
Baker Elementary School is the second elementary school in the Mathews Local School District on Sheridan Drive in Vienna, built in the 1960s. The other elementary school is Currie Elementary, located in Fowler, also built in the 1960s.
The cost to build Baker Elementary school was $333,305.75. The area of the building was 29,682 square feet, equating to a cost per square foot of $11.22. This price included mechanical and kitchen equipment, built-in cabinets, well sewage treatment, sidewalks, and parking.
Baker Elementary School is named in memory of Beryl Baker, a native of the Vienna community, who was an educator for many years in the district. Currie Elementary School was named to honor former music teacher, Daisy Orr Currie (FG).
After the school was built, an open house for Baker Elementary School was held on Sunday, October 8, 1967. An excerpt from the open house program reads:
To the Citizens of the Community:
It is a distinct pleasure to present to you these two new elementary school buildings. The hopes and efforts of many dedicated people are reflected in these beautiful structures. The new inspirational atmosphere certainly is an educational advantage toward children. The additional space will serve us well, yet the buildings are designed so as to allow for additional rooms with anticipated enrollment increases. Not having participated in the planning, but having the privilege of working toward the completion of our building program, I wish to acknowledge the appreciation to my predecessor, W. M. Hammack, past and present local board members, and many others who have unselfishly given of their time and efforts in initiating such an ambitious program. A special note of thanks goes to the taxpayers of the school district who made this possible; to architect Robert Buchanan and his associates, and the contractors who, through their combine efforts and dedication, made these facilities a reality at economical costs.
Images courtesy of Christine Novicky.