"Burnt Chimney School, County’s Newest, Is Overcrowded" The Franklin News-Post, April 7, 1955


(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of articles on the condition of facilities at Franklin County schools.)

Modern, bright, compact and overcrowded is the Burnt Chimney Elementary School. 
A brand, spanking new school plant, this is only the second year it has been occupied, but already there is an average of 43 pupils for each of the school’s seven teachers. It doesn’t look as crowded as some of the other schools in the county because it has bigger classrooms. But the students are there, just the same.


Another thing is the fact Burnt Chimney has a cheerful look. It’s color motif adds to the sense of gaiety about the low sweeping brick structure. Corridor walls are half tile, a sort of sand color with yellowish plaster extending on to the ceiling. Doors, door frames and radiators as well as the bulletin board and display case trim are pink. The floors are covered with a marble-like rubber tile, red through the center and black along the edges. The interiors of classrooms are done in two tones of blue. Modern diffused lighting, and well planned window areas give a light, airy feeling to classrooms. Acoustical ceilings gut noise to a whisper.


Each room has its own sink, so washing up can be carried out without leaving or having to haul water. The school also has a clinic with beds so children can rest if need be during school hours. A display case in the main corridor enables items students have made, found or are of general interest to be given a prominent showing. A large bulletin board opposite the main entrance is decorated anew each week with various and sundry articles.

                  Heat is provided by a modern furnace and stoker system attended by Franklin Rush, a student. This seventh grade youngster and his sixth grade brother, Donald, provide the school with efficient janitorial service.


A library has been converted into an activities room, but may become a classroom next year. But Burnt Chimney came a little too late in the general scheme of things. It stands on a low hill commanding a sweeping view to the west and looking eastward to the old school, a white frame building which had long passed its peak when it was abandoned. But the new school was already overcrowded when it was built and the enrollment is increasing each year. The adequate facilities planned to accomodate a school body of a certain size appear doomed to be submerged in the rush of eager school children."