History of Sandridge
Our School District was first formed in 1863 when an election was held in the home of Joseph Schaller. The first school took a year to build at the cost of $82.50 and was named Sandridge because of being built on a sandy ridge on Glenwood - Dyer Road. Twenty-seven (27) students were enrolled. Enrollment dropped to ten (10) in the spring of 1864 as they needed older children on the farm.
In 1925, construction began on a two-room school building which was finished in time for the 1926 graduating class.
A new, modern, four-room schoolhouse was built in 1954 and replaced the two-room school, which was sold and removed from the property. This new building was 875 square feet.
By 1964, the school was overcrowded. Seventh and eighth-grade students were bussed to Brookwood School in nearby Glenwood. Four more classrooms were added as Sandridge continued to grow. The four classrooms added 5,200 square feet.
In 1994, Sandridge was busting at the seams again from growth. The enrollment at that time had reached over 300. Another eight added eight more classrooms totaling 8,379 square feet that year.
In the summer of 1997, we added three classrooms, a music room, a science room, a computer lab, and a media center. We also added offices for specialty staff and administration. The total addition added up to 13,159 square feet.
In 2004, the district broke ground on a 14-classroom and gymnasium addition. This expansion also included the renovation of the current gymnasium/cafeteria to a cafeteria / multipurpose room with a full kitchen. This new addition and renovation will provide the staff and students with a full-functioning cafeteria with a hot lunch program for the 2005 - 2006 school year.
Many changes occurred in the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years. The computer lab is up and running with 25 new computers and a new overhead projector mounted on the ceiling. Additional after-school activities have begun, and reorganized parking and student pick-up to help facilitate faster arrival and departure times to name a few.
In 2022, we made many changes to the administrative staff by having the opportunity to hire a new Superintendent, Principal, Director of Special Services, Director of Technology, and Director of Building and Grounds. We also hired new teachers to bring in their educational experience and provide the children of Sandridge with a unique perspective on Physical Education, Art, and Music.
As always, we will continue forward as we grow and strive for excellence.