WELCOME TO LAQUEY R-V
By Steven Beattie
The Laquey area is an unincorporated community that consists of a post office, a feed store, and a school. The Laquey R-V School is located on Highway AA, just south of Interstate 44 exit 150. Turn South from Exit 150 stay on P highway to three way stop, turn right on AA, school one mile on left.
The first schoolhouse in Laquey was called the Lewis School. It is currently used as a home and is located on Highway P, just North of Highway AA. Sometime after 1913, the Lewis School was re-named Laquey School after Joseph J. Laquey, whose benevolence helped to establish the Laquey Post Office. The post office and a general store were the gathering points in the community at the time.
Leaders from ten adjoining school communities met at the old Laquey School for the purpose of consolidating into one central school district in 1948. The leaders represented the communities of Pleasant Grove, Fairview, Cave Spring, Bellefounts, Laquey, Turkey Ridge, Independence, Hilton, Prospect and Center Point. They agreed to reorganize into one school district.
The new Laquey School was built on Highway AA, between Highways AB and P, which is the site of the current Laquey School. It was opened to students in the first through eighth grades in the fall of 1952. Students in grades nine through twelve attended either Richland High School or Waynesville High School at that time. The first school board consisted of Cecil Harris, President; Emerson Storie, Vice President; Burley Dye, Secretary and Treasurer; and members Leon Roam, Ernest Gladden, and Henry Willing.
Increased population and cost factors brought about a school district vote in 1975 on whether or not Laquey should join the Waynesville School District. A “no” vote was the outcome. Money was then raised through bond funding to add the ninth and tenth grade levels to the district during the 1976-1977 school year. The eleventh grade level was added during the 1977-1978 school year. Finally, the twelfth grade level was added during the 1978-1979 school year. The first Laquey senior class, consisting of 31 students, graduated on May 21, 1979.
The Laquey School District currently covers approximately 64 square miles and has a student population of approximately 700 students. Laquey School has become the center of the social life of the community, and it is used for a variety of community events throughout the year.
I am Dr. Randy Caffey; I am the Superintendent of the Laquey School District and would like to welcome you.
We are the Hornets, and very proud of our district, which is reflected by our school board, staff, and student body. Laquey R-V is fully accredited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and we are fully certified A+ school, as well a US News Bronze Medal winner in education.
We educate approximately 700 students annually from preschool through 12th grade and success is our number one priority; Laquey School District is a place where students can be successful with hard work and a positive attitude toward learning.
At Laquey, we continually work to improve technology. We utilize smart boards and Smart TVs throughout the district with new technology products added each year. Each of our buildings, Elementary, Middle and High School, has a building principal, counselor, secretary, and nurse allowing better service and responsiveness to our students. We also employ two full-time school resource officers.
Our district provides a variety of sports activities for the students, including: High School Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Cross Country and Basketball. We provide opportunities for our Middle School students too, such as basketball and cross country, as well as, a number of clubs and organizations throughout all our grade-levels.
The Laquey R-V District is pursuant for what is best for our students. Our objective is motivating each individual student to accomplish individual goals to full potential, and prepare each student for post high school choices.
If you have any question about the Laquey R-V District, statistical information can be found on the DESE website. We look forward to servicing the children who reside in the Laquey District.