Butzbach ES History

Opened: 1954
Closed: 2008

Butzbach American Elementary School was located in the Roman Way American Housing Area. The housing area was a part of the greater Giessen military community. Butzbach was located in the sub-community Kirch-Goens, which included two military bases, Ayers Kaserne and Schloss Kaserne. The village of Butzbach is located approximately forty kilometers north of Frankfurt am Main.

Butzbach American Elementary School was built and opened in 1954 and the first principal was John C. Hicks. When the school opened, there were 326 students in grades one through eight and forty-one high school students in the community. The school had fourteen classrooms, offices, a gymnasium, and a library.

Temporary classroom buildings were added, and for the 1981-82 school year there were fourteen external classrooms used as annexes to the main building. That year there were 750 pupils in grades kindergarten through six. The staff consisted of twenty-eight classroom teachers, a counselor, a librarian, a teacher/nurse, a reading teacher, a music teacher, two teachers of learning development, two host nation teachers, a speech therapist, an assistant principal, and a principal. By the 1987-88 school year, the enrollment had increased to 900 students in grades kindergarten through six. Two years later there were over 980 students enrolled.

By the mid-nineties, the school enrollment had decreased to 475 students in grades K–6. The school now had the original building with fourteen classrooms and a newer building with sixteen classrooms. Ten classrooms were located in an annex. The staff now had thirty-three classroom teachers and specialists for art, music, and physical education. There were eight special education specialists, two guidance counselors, and two administrators. The school had a complete library and lunchroom.

The school was closed in 2008.


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