Current and former students, staff members and families celebrated Pleasant Lea Elementary’s 50th anniversary at a reception held March 12 at the school. Several hundred people attended the special event including former principals Byron Keith, Barb Standridge and Trish Alexander.
Those attending had the opportunity to tour the school and reminisce about Pleasant Lea’s history. A number of historic displays were available throughout the school for visitors.
Pleasant Lea Elementary opened in 1966 with 17 teachers and 325 students. Today, the school has 37 teachers and 574 students. It is estimated that Pleasant Lea Elementary has served more than 28,000 students over the past 50 years.
The cost of the original school in 1966 was estimated at $367,000. The school, named after Dr. Pleasant Lea, is located near the district’s highest point or summit.