The last red schoolhouse

By From page A4 | November 14, 2012

Long ago and far away red was the favorite color of schoolhouses. Those little red school houses have all become private residences, commercial buildings or storage sheds. But in Silver Fork near Kyburz one school is still painted red — the Silver Fork School is a two-room school with a student population of 14.

With a hardship grant of $500,000, a state modernization grant of $125,000 and some of its own reserve funds it was able to do a $770,000 modernization. Putting the money to good use they added handicap ramps, totally redid the kitchen, two bathrooms, the heating system, made the windows dual pane and added the latest in interactive classroom technology. Oh, and the student desks have caster wheels for quick classroom reconfiguration.

And when it’s not snowed under there is a new concrete basketball court outside.

Inside there are new cabinets and carpeting. And the final touch is fresh red paint on the exterior.

Congratulations to Silver Fork and Superintendent Kevin Monsma, who is also superintendent of Pollock Pines School District.

Students and former students all love their school. Its most famous student was an Olympic skier and World Cup winner, the late Spider Sabitch. A lesser-known but noteworthy former Silver Fork student was the late Dennis Witcher, the previous El Dorado County Museum director. Witcher went to school with Sabitch.

Silver Fork will continue to educate successful folks. And now it will do it with even more technological panache.

Mountain Democrat

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