Aurora County, with a total of 80 rural schools, had closed 37.4 percent of those schools by 1940. At this date nine were operating with five or fewer pupils. Operation of schools for ten or fewer pupils is excessively expensive on an instructional cost-per-pupil basis. This study was made possible through the cooperation of the State and Federal Work Projects Administration and the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. The project is officially designated as W.P.A. Project No. 665-74-3-143. The authors gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of Lennis J. Long, the Aurora County Superintendent of Schools, from whose office most of the data used in this study was secured; and of high school superintendents who supplied lists of their tuition students.
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Kumlien, W. F.; Sauer, Howard M.; and Scandrette, C., "The Problem of Declining Enrollment in Elementary Schools of Aurora County" (1941). Agricultural Experiment Station Rural Sociology Pamphlets (1940-1977). 53.