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Selma Elementary School...
Selma Elementary School, originally called Selma Graded School, was
constructed in 1916 at a cost of about $60,000. At the time, it was
easily the finest and best arranged school building in the county
(according to school officials) and one of the best in the state. On
Easter Monday, April 1920, the school burned to the ground. The
school, all of the furniture, libraries and classroom materials were
destroyed. The only items saved were the school records. In
August of the same year, a former janitor was convicted and
sentenced to 8 years in prison for burning the school. At the time
of the fire, there were over 500 students enrolled in Selma Graded
School. Selma Graded School was rebuilt in 1922. During the
summer of 2001, the main building and first grade buildings were
torn down and a new school rebuilt on the same site at a cost of
approximately $12,000,000. Students and staff moved into the new
building in August of 2003 after spending 2 years in 52 mobile units.
The four outlying buildings were renovated and connected to the new
building. Currently, the enrollment at Selma Elementary is
approximately 855 students.