The Development of the Nunda School System may be purchased for $10 at the Bell Memorial Library, Nunda
Historical Society, Nunda Family Pharmacy, and Nunda town and
village offices. You can also use the link below to go to our
Order your copy of the Development of the Nunda School
The Nunda Historical Society has announced
the publication of the latest in a series of local history books.
The book, the "Development of the Nunda School System",
traces the evolution of schools in the Nunda area from log cabins
to the modern school facility.
Author Sandy Bonadonna, a retired teacher from the Keshequa School
District, drew on a wide variety of resources when researching
the book. She first did the work for a college course at SUNY
Geneseo back in the 1970s. The Historical Society approached
her two years ago and asked if she would update the work to be
part of a series of books published in celebration of the Town
of Nunda's Bicentennial in 2008. Although she now lives in Florida
much of the year, Sandy worked through thirty years of Board
of Education minutes, documents, and area newspapers in order
to bring the original story into the 21st century.
The book focuses on two centuries of school buildings in Nunda,
beginning with the Bates School House in pioneer times. Mrs.
Bonadonna carefully documents each of the small district schools
in the vicinity of the village, and examines the development
of the Nunda's Literary Institute, Select Schools, and Academy,
the latter being opened on the grounds of the present day school
on Mill street in 1867.
Using maps and other illustrations, the author follows the story
of the Academy building through its development into the Union
Free School and the Nunda High School. In 1939 work began on
the "new" Nunda Central School which decades later
merged with Dalton Central School to become Keshequa Central
Although Mrs. Bonadonna concentrates on the school facilities,
the book provides interesting glimpses into the education system,
school life, and the role the Nunda community has played in the