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12 www.randomlake.org A law passed by the Wisconsin Legislature in 1959 and imple- mented in 1961 required all areas of the state to become part of a school district that operated a high school. Prior to that time rural el- ementary schools (grades 1-8) were in- dependent districts and the respective municipalities paid the tuition for their resident students to attend high schools in other school districts. By the 1950's most children in northern Ozaukee County chose between the Port Washington, Cedar Grove or Random Lake High Schools. Many residents sup- ported creating a new high school dis- trict in northern Ozaukee County. After a controversial series of votes, a Village of Fredonia site was chosen as headquar- ters for "Unified School District No. 1," and the construction of Ozaukee High School began on March 9, 1964. Ozaukee Middle School was built in 1969. As time went on the district's three elementary schools (Maple Lawn in Fredonia, Grandview in Waubeka and Lakelawn in the Town of Saukville) were closed and all students were housed on the one campus. The name was changed to Northern Ozaukee School District. With a new school on Fredonia's east- ern boundary, a new business district emerged there too. In 2014 the village has a completely different look from what would have been found 50 years before in 1964. Some businesses are still locat- ed in the old commercial center near the railroad tracks, but most are found along or close to Highland Dr., which leads to the school. The village also has a large in- l l t d ti hi h h l di Fredonia Few communities have been changed so much by Wisconsin's "school consolidation" law than the Village of Fredonia. Fredonia Fredonia Fredonia Fredonia Fredonia Fredonia g y p Always exciting: Ozaukee High School vs. Random Lake! Dedicating new Fredonia Government Center.

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