The material in this section was first presented to the residents of the community through the A-CHS IMAGE OUTREACH PROJECT, i. e. via exhibits in public places during 2007 and 2008. IMAGE OUTREACH was sponsored in part by the Maine Humanities Council.
Images here were loaned by Foster Carlow, Jr., Mildred Holst, Stephen Hugli, Elizabeth McVicar, Vicki McVicar, Rhonda Oakes, Paula Seavey and Lila Taylor. These individuals named many of the scholars pictured. Some who also helped identify pupils were Jimmy Davis, Eddie Perkins, and Joe Wallace.
1957 – 1987
This building stood at the intersection of the Arm and Cooper Roads. This name distinguished this school from the one-room schools that had existed in Alexander over the previous 135 years. Alexander School replaced Hale School, Cedar School and the Four Corners School. It was called the Consolidated School at first. For the first ten years of its existence the Town of Cooper sent its elementary children here.
The people most responsible for the creation of this building were school committee members Everett Dwelley, Floyd Hunnewell, Benjamin H. McArthur and Superintendent Carroll R. McGary. They were active in 1955 when the school building committee was formed.
This image of Alexander School was taken in 1995.
Graduation and other community events were held at the Grange Hall. Here are two scenes; top is Foster Carlow, Jr. speaking his part in the June 13, 1978 ceremony. The graduates shown, left to right, were Foster, Melanie Frost, Brett Holst and Jeffery Sanford. Graduate Tim Jundt is not shown. Seated in back are teacher Ron LaRochelle and Pastor Richard Fowler.
Staff at ALEXANDER SCHOOL (1957 – 1987)
Sources: Alexander Town Reports, school records, school pictures – project incomplete – 11/2008
YEAR - # PUPILS ON OCT. 1 - TEACHER(S) - SUPERINTENDANT - NOTES
1956 ? Zela Cousins & Bertha Dwelley Adolph Zukowski - Cooper paid $687 in tuition
1957 ? Zela Cousins & Bertha Dwelley Adolph Zukowski - Cooper paid $1354 in tuition
1958 ? Zela Cousins & Bertha Dwelley Adolph Zukowski - Cooper paid $625 in tuition
1959 ? Zela Cousins, B. Dwelley & Dot Perkins Adolph Zukowski - Cooper paid $2250 tuition
1960 ? Zela Cousins & Dot Perkins Herbert Sperry - Cooper paid $2067 in tuition
1961 ? Zela Cousins Herbert Sperry - Cooper paid $3017 in tuition
1962 ? Zela Cousins Philip Ross - Cooper paid $3551 in tuition
1963 ? Zela Cousins, Andrea Vose, B Bridgham Philip Ross - Cooper paid $3427 in tuition
1964 ? Zela Cousins, B. Bridgham, Duane Ellis Philip Ross - Cooper paid $ 3672 in tuition
1965 ? Zela Cousin & Mr. A. Young Douglas Smith - Cooper paid $4024 in tuition
1966 ? Zela Cousins & Frank Murray Philip Ross - Cooper paid $3856 in tuition
1967 ? Zela Cousins & Francis Owen Murray Philip Ross - Cooper paid $4337 in tuition
1969 ? Neil Barschdorf & Lois Barschdorf Philip Ross - a move in town to close one room
1970 25 Neil Barschdorf & Lois Barschdorf Philip Ross
1971 25 Susan Keogh & Chester Lenfesty Ivan Corey
1972 31 James Dumond & Christine Sargent Ivan Corey
1973 34 James Dumond & Christine Cox Ozias Bridgeham - Sargent & Cox same person
1974 45 James Dumond & Barbara Haley H. Graham Nye Barbara Flood aide in K, 1
1975 48 Ronald LaRochelle & Barbara Haley H. Graham Nye Mrs. MacArthur and Mrs. Holmes were aids
1976 54 Ronald LaRochelle & Barbara Haley H. Graham Nye
1977 50 Ronald LaRochelle, Barbara Haley H. Graham Nye
Maryanne Lewandowsky Sp Ed
1978 51 Ronald LaRochelle & Diane Shelley H. Graham Nye - paved part of drive
1979 51 Ronald LaRochelle & Diane Shelley
1980 60 Ronald LaRochelle, Diane Shelly Timothy Gormley.
Sp. Ed. Teacher was Susan Bishop
1981 58 Ronald LaRochelle & Susan Bishop Timothy Gormley
Diane Shelley Sp. Ed.
1982 56 Ronald LaRochelle & Susan Bishop Geoffrey B. Richards
Sp. Ed teacher was Diane Shelley
1983 81 Lana Vining & Diane Shelley Geoffrey B. Richards
1984 81 Diane Shelley Richard Marx - New Building committee elected
1985 80 C. Wallace Richard Marx
1986 86 Nancy Merrill Richard Marx - Graduation at AES
Karleen Livingston in June 87 Lana Vining
This list is incomplete. Send additional information to John Dudley, 216 Pokey Rd. Alexander 04694
In September 1987 Alexander Elementary School, on the Airline Road, became home for Alexander kindergarten through grade eight students. This picture taken in 1991.