Education is extremely important and the need for a broadly based education with emphasis on technical and human relations skills is apparent in our society. Standards developed by educators and planners can provide guidance in the creation of, and additions to, the community's educational facilities. The school in Bennet should meet the following standards/guidelines:
- Adequate open space should be available to students
- Land acquisition should be made with future expansion in mind
- Schools should be centrally located
- Schools should not be located near high traffic or heavily concentrated areas with high noise levels
The Village of Bennet is part of school district OR-1, a combined district including Bennet and Palmyra. The elementary school is located in Bennet and the junior-senior high school is in Palmyra. Bus service is provided between the schools. The office of the superintendent is located in Palmyra, and there is a principal at each of the schools.
The Bennet Elementary building was completed in August of 1982. It was attached to a gymnasium that was completed in 1963. Most recently, District OR-1 completed an addition to the west end of the facility adding four additional classrooms. This additional space allowed for current rooms to be remodeled into a computer lab and an additional all-day kindergarten program.
Bennet staff and students have met the challenge of rebuilding the playground with new, safer equipment. They completed this in three phases with fund-raisers that include brownie sales and home-interior parties.
The Palmyra building was remodeled in 1982 and an addition was built that included:
- Administrative office
- Industrial arts/vocational agriculture shop
- Locker rooms
Lifespan of the School
This site is also limited in terms of space for parking, and the athletic field does not contain enough room to allow for a regulation track. The Palmyra High School current enrollment is 234 students, which is 78% of the estimated maximum capacity for the facility. The School District estimates the useful life of the Bennet building and the Palmyra addition to be 60 years.
District OR-1 patrons recently watched an addition constructed on the north face of the old building. Finally removed was the temporary metal shed that housed math, band and history. Added were the following features:
- Band room
- Computer lab
- Distance education center
- Four classrooms
- New library
- Two locker areas
- Two science labs
The pupil/teacher ratio is 14 to 1 which is considered sufficient to allow students to have adequate contact with their teachers. Class sizes are such that they provide a positive learning environment. With an average of 18 students per classroom, staff members are able to relate to their students on a personal basis.
Estimate of School Age Population
|1993 to 1994||457|
|1994 to 1995||482|
|1995 to 1996||510|
|1996 to 1997||510|
|1997 to 1998||505|
|1998 to 1999||510|
The instructional program of the schools is in compliance with the requirements of the State Department of Education. The implementation of the Differentiated Curriculum in the elementary grades has helped to supplement the curriculum by offering extended opportunities for learning to each student. The Drug Abuse Resistance Program (D.A.R.E.) strengthens the decision making skills in 5th and 6th grades. The high school computer lab provides computer technology that enhances the total instructional program. The junior/senior high activities program offers a wide range of activities that meet the needs and interests of the majority of students.
Interactive Distance Learning & Internet Connectivity
These programs are managed by competent and qualified coaches, sponsors, and advisors. A need still exists to examine a way of providing advanced courses and meeting the needs of gifted children. The school district should strive to become a part of the interactive distance learning and Internet connectivity projects now being deployed by the State Department of Education through the local Educational Service Unit.