Housatonic Valley High School was constructed as a Public Works Administration (P.W.A.) project.
Hidden Nearby blog: “Prior to 1939, the six towns that currently comprise Regional School District #1 – Canaan, Cornwall, Kent, North Canaan, Salisbury, and Sharon – each had their own high school. The cost of providing secondary education in such small towns, especially in the midst of the Great Depression, was becoming increasingly problematic. In 1935, to reduce these costs and to provide a broader array of academic and extracurricular activities, William Teague (the state-appointed supervisor of rural education) proposed a consolidated high school for the six towns. In 1937, the state legislature passed a bill creating the new district and establishing the first regional high school in New England. …
The land, building and equipment associated with the school cost $347,180. Of this amount, $326,946 came from the Public Works Administration, a New Deal agency designed to build governmental buildings and structures. Thus, Housatonic became one of the 7,488 schools built by the PWA.”
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on May 9, 2017.
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