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Apr 20

Closing Kansas Rural Schools in the 1940s

Posted to KGI Online Library on April 20, 2017 at 4:04 PM by Bill Sowers

In the early 1900s the rural population of Kansas began to decrease. With this loss of population came the  dissolution and consolidation of rural institutions.  One of the most important rural institutions was the rural school, popularly known as the "one-room schoolhouse."  As these schools, scattered all over the Kansas landscape, closed one by one, remaining students had to attend schools covering a greater geographic area.

The closure of rural schools in Kansas brought about dramatic changes in the school districts map of the state.  A legislative research report was ordered and published in 1942 which included statistics on school district closings, reasons for closings, the development of "school centers," changes in the school district taxing system, transportation costs in larger rural districts and state aid to education in Kansas.

The document, "Closed Schools in Kansas" (1942. Kansas Legislative Council Research Department), included a large map of the state indicating types of schools, school boundaries, schools closed or consolidated, and districts where students from closed schools were sent.  This map is an amazing look at loss of population in rural areas by looking at the closure of rural school districts.

We have this publication online at the State Library of Kansas' KGI Online Library, along with the large statewide map.  The map is located at the end of the online document.  It appears in eight separate sections which you can magnify to get a closer look at the districts and movement of students within the state. To zoom into a map just click on the "Download" tab on the top right of the page, click on "open" and then increase the percentage view of the pages.

(1942. Kansas Legislative Council. Research Department)

(Special thanks for making the map viewable goes to Trista Philippi)

Sep 26

Kansas Educational Directories, 1940-2016

Posted to KGI Online Library on September 26, 2016 at 9:48 AM by Bill Sowers

The State Library of Kansas has added Kansas Educational Directories, 1940-2016, to the Kansas Government Information (KGI) Online Libraray. This collection consists of over 70 volumes of information on statewide, regional and local educational institutions, school districts, associations, boards, and administrators.  Information is provided on both public and private schools within the state.  The directories include some basic numbers on teachers and students within each district as well.

The directories were issued by the State Department of Education and its predecessor, the State Department of Public Instruction and can be a valuable tool in locating schools no longer in existence as well as the names of principals, board members and other administrators.

The directories are located here:


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Jun 17

Kansas Educational Statistics Reports, 1940-1988

Posted to KGI Online Library on June 17, 2016 at 12:39 PM by Bill Sowers

The KGI Online Library recently added the Kansas Educational Annual Statistical Report to its collection providing information on Kansas schools from 1940 to 1988.  This document spans five decades and was issued by the various state agencies overseeing the education of Kansas children... notably The Kansas Department of Public Instruction and the Kansas State Department of Education.

The early statistical reports provide general statewide information on the numbers of students and teachers plus some financial information.  Starting in the 1960s statistics included school district stats, more detailed financial statistics, the number of students within school districts and schools, cost per pupil, personnel numbers and salaries, etc.  By the 1970s the Annual Statistical Report was over 200 pages long and included detailed, student, personnel and financial information for Kansas schools.

These reports are a great resource for folks looking into historical research on Kansas schools and are now available online for easy public use.

For those wanting more recent school statistics we invite you to check out the Kansas State Department of Education's Data and Reports page on its website as well as the following publications in the KGI Online Library:
Kansas State Department of Education publications at KGI


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