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The Farmington Elementary School PTC held its Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show on Friday, March 30th. Volunteers cooked throughout the day and presented a wonderful and delicious meal. The children showed off their talent in many forms, from dancing, singing and playing musical instruments. Donations were made for the silent auction and raffle that was held at the end of the talent show. Farmington has shown they have parents, teachers and staff that are very dedicated and caring. Therefore without all of these wonderful people, Friday night would not have occurred. Kudos to all who participated and attended.


From "Farmington Elementary School" History. Our school has been through many changes since it was first built in 1858. In November of that year, Shady Oak Grove School was built about a half mile west of town. The school was home to students from the Wheatland, Linden and Four Tree area.

Thirteen years later, a new school was built for the students of Shady Grove School District (the word Oak was dropped a few years after the district was formed in 1858) at a cost of $1,200.00. The residents of the school district voted to move and repair the schoolhouse twelve years later.

In 1888, a bond election was held and voters approved the construction of a new, two-story wooden building with a belfry. The new school was completed a year later on the main street of town, just west of the railroad tracks.

On July 3, 1923, Shady Grove School District became Farmington School District. That same year, the school was replaced by a new brick school that cost 25,000 dollars. The bond issue to build the new school building carried by only one vote.

The old building was reduced to a one story, moved and converted to a residence. It remains today, three houses east of the present school. The Gruen family was in residence. Mrs. Bonnie Gruen and her three daughters, all attended Farmington School.

Enrollment at the two schools increased to 114 students in 1951 and the auditorium portion of the building had to be used for two additional classrooms. Construction was completed and four more classrooms were added in a new building to the east of the brick schoolhouse.


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