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Historic Sites of Manitoba: South Pozir School No. 2206 (RM of Riding Mountain West)

The Pozir School District was organized formally in September 1929 and a one-room, wood frame schoolhouse operated on three acres of land at NE15-24-26W in what is now the Rural Municipality of Riding Mountain West. Known as Pozir School for most of its existence, it became South Pozir when the district opened another school in the area, known as North Pozir, in 1946. The school closed in 1967 and the district was dissolved. Its catchment area became part of the Intermountain School Division. The former school building was moved to a farmyard near Sifton and it was still standing there as of July 1997. A monument at the former school site commemorates it.

Among the teachers of South Pozir School were Verna Storey (1930-1931), Ruby Mitchell (1932-1933), Olga Mayowsky (1933-1936), Lloyd S. Smith (1936-1938), Alexander McNeill (1938-1941), John McNeill (1941-1942), John Kowalchuk (1942-1943), Damaris Baggoley (1943-1944), Mary Edith Livingstone (1944-1945), Paul E. Ristock (1945-1946), Alex Sawchuk (1946-1947), Eugene Benoit (1947), Mrs. Julia Busch (1947-1948), Dorothy Huculak (1948-1949), Beatrice Leciuk (1949-1950), Verna Andronyk (1950-1951), Alex Korzeniowski (1951-1952), Stephen Negrych (1952-1958, 1959-1961), Gwen Ostash (1958), Mike Maksymetz (1959), John Stolarchuk (1961-1963), Steve Ogrodnick (1963-1964), John Smith (1964-1965), and Albert Werbiski (1965-1967).

Pozir School

Pozir School (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 115.

Pozir School

Pozir School (no date) by R. J. Mackenzie
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 115.

Pozir School commemorative monument

Pozir School commemorative monument (May 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Pozir School commemorative monument

Pozir School commemorative monument (August 2016)
Source: Geraldine Ronellenfitch

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.07697, W101.02432
denoted by symbol on the map above


One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

The School District of Pozir #2206 by the Pozir School and District Reunion Committee, April 1998.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2021

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