In the 1880’s and1890’s, coal was found in great abundance in the gulches and coulees in thisarea of Montana. The towns of Stockett, Tracy and Sand Coulee sprouted aroundthese coal mines. Each town boasted its own school. Competition between townswas fierce. In later years, as mines closed and many Eastern European immigrantfamilies moved on, the schools consolidated on neutral ground in the SandCoulee Creek Gulch. This neutral ground became Centerville. Centerville Schoolis two miles south of Tracy and Sand Coulee and two miles north of Stockett.Centerville’s identification with its mining heritage remains; a miner is themascot, an ore wagon is displayed in front of the school and photographs ofseveral generations of ethnically diverse graduates, many from these earlymining families, cover the walls of the commons.
The CentervilleSchool District is currently one of Montana’s larger Class C districts, with akindergarten through twelfth grade student population of approximately 282students, including 21 Hutterite students at an off-site attendance center. Located13 miles southeast of Great Falls, the district serves an extensive area, withranches and farms extending east from the Missouri and Smith River valleys ontothe north central plains, then south to the foothills of the Little BeltMountains. Students are bused from the surrounding agricultural area and thethree small towns of Stockett, Sand Coulee and Tracy. The attendance center atthe Big Stone Hutterite Colony has 11 grade K-4 students. The two classrooms atthe attendance center, grades K-4 and grades 5-8, are operated as multiageclassrooms. Thetotal population of the towns and the surrounding area is approximately 1700.There are no incorporated towns within the district. Here atCenterville, we believe we have entered an era that holds great promise for howwe go about educating children. We have a strong and collaborative faculty,administration and school board. Centerville families are ardent supporters ofthe school and of the children of the community. For further information aboutCenterville School District 5/5C.
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