One-Room School Houses
FO Original One-Room Schools

Because of Senate Bill No. 307 which become effective on July 18, 1948, a six member county Board of Education was elected to make a study of the school districts in Jackson County and prepare a plan of reorganization. 

The County Board of Education redistricted 83 school districts into 15.  In the proposal District I, which ultimately became the Fort Osage School District, brought in the following: Sibley, Lawnwood, Blue Valley, Atherton, Academy, Paririe Dale, Reber, Buckner, Levasy, Combs, Peacedale, Woodland, Lake City, Sunny Nook, Boon Hill, Murphy, Oakland No. 25, and Owen.  District 2, much of which is now the West end of the Fort Osage School District, included the elementary school districts of Union, Courtney, Elm Grove No. 18, and Etna. 

The voters approved the reorganization on August 11, 1949 with 423 votes for and 324 votes against.  A watermelon supper was held on the Buckner school grounds on September 21, 1949 so the faculty, teachers, and families might become better acquainted. 



The second Academy looks south in a hidden little valley on the east bank of Sugar Creek branch, four miles west of Sibley.  The school grounds occupied the northwest corner of a narrow 10-acre strip that is tacked to the 100-acre fields above the east hill. 


Blue Valley

Bone Hill



Elm Grove


Lake City







Prairie Dale



Sunny Nook



Woodland School was numbered District #54 in about 1910.  At that time there were 100 schools in Jackson County.  The name Woodland has no special significance except at the time the school was established the area had many trees. 

Woodland was a one-room school built on one-half of an acre in squre form.  There were outside toilets built of wood. 

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