St. John Valley

Market Street School alumni plan reunion

FORT KENT, Maine — Nearly 39 years since the closing of the Market Street School, a group of former students has planned a Market Street School reunion for Saturday, Aug. 4.

The event will begin with Mass officiated by Monsignor Andrew Dubois at 4 p.m. at the St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent, followed by a night of entertainment at the K of C Hall on Frenchville Road with a social hour at 5 p.m. and a complete meal at 6.

The school existed for 28 years. In 1949, due to concerns of overcrowded conditions at St. Louis school and its teacher-pupil ratio, Mr. Cyr urged construction of the new Market Street School.  The school opened for classes in January 1951. The school committee asked the Little Franciscan sisters to take charge. Two sisters responded; one became principal and the other a teacher.

In 1957 Mr. Cyr died and Andrew Frechette became the new superintendent.   In May 1963, SAD 27 formed with the five towns of Eagle Lake, New Canada, Wallagrass, St. Francis and Fort Kent.  In July 1965, St. John Plantation joined, followed by Winterville Plantation in October 1966.

In August 1963, Paul R. Kelly became SAD 27 superintendent. Due to concerns about finding qualified teachers and increasing enrollment, plans began to construct elementary schools in St. Francis, Wallagrass and Eagle Lake, which began in 1963-64.

New challenges arose with declining enrollment in the early 1970s, and the Market Street School closed in 1979, its students “absorbed” at other district school facilities.

Those interested in attending the reunion should register by June 30 by sending in their name, address, phone number and a check for $25 per person to Acadia FCU, 9 E Main Street, Fort Kent ME  04743, Attention Elaine Jandreau.

Proceeds will go for a scholarship to a senior whose relative attended Market Street School.

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