Montgomery — Schools

Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.

      Educational interests can scarcely be said to have flourished in the early days of Montgomery. The subject appears to have received no attention whatever until 1782,—two years after the incorporation,—and then only to show that public sentiment inclined to the belief that the promotion of public education must be deferred to a more convenient season, for the question of providing a school for the youth of the town coming up for consideration, it was voted that "no money be raised for the encouragement of a school." This spirit continued to prevail until 1786, when, the attention of the General Court being directed to the matter, the town was cited to appear at court and show cause why a school had not been kept during the previous year. After this a new departure was instituted and schools were set up, to the gratification of the young and rising generation. There are at present (1879) five school districts, in each of which there is a flourishing school.

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