Madison Elementary School Head Start - Ruther Glen VA Licensed Child Day Center

9075 Chance Place, Ruther Glen VA 22546
(804) 448-2171

About the Provider

Description: Ladysmith Primary was located on a ten acres site which was purchased in 1959 for $2,000.00. Ladysmith Primary school was completed in June 1962. When the school first opened it housed grades one through seven. It was a black school.

The name for the school in 1962 was Madison Elementary School. The name was changed in 1969 from Madison Elementary to Ladysmith Elementary after the court ordered integration to take place in Caroline County Public Schools. In the fall of of 1970, Ladysmith Elementary was changed to grades one through five. This allowed all of the elementary children in these grades west of the power line to attend the same school

Mrs. Vera J. Allen served as the first Principal and was released from her contract October, 1963 to work in the Prince Edward Country School System, at which Mr. Wilbur Chance was appointed to the Principal-ship until his death in October 1970. Mrs. M. O. Watkins served as Principal for the remainder of the school year. She was appointed Principal for the 1971-72 school year and provided leadership in the position until 1977 when Ladysmith Elementary became Ladysmith Primary with grades K – 2. Ladysmith High School became Ladysmith Elementary with grades 3 – 6 with Mrs. Margaret Watkins as Principal. Since the beginning of 1977-78, Miss M. J. Williams served as Principal followed by Mrs. Leslie Roberson, Ms. Renee Jiron, Ms. Ann Cunningham, Mrs. Jamelle Wilson, Ms. Sandra W. Masten, and presently serving as principal, Mr. Harold Pellegreen, of what was once Madison Elementary Elementary–then Ladysmith Elementary–now Ladysmith Primary. (and now we are back to being called Madison elementary)

Mrs. Barbara Rock served as Bookkeeper for 35 years since the school doors opened in 1962. Her radiant presence touched the hearts of many who worked and visited our school. When she left, Mrs. O’Neil took her place as secretary/bookeeper.

Our faculty and staff has always consisted of fine educators who serve our children every day with knowledge and love. Our program is what it is because a staff of dedicated, aspiring men and women have one goal–to do what is best for students–and are always looking for ways to achieve that goal.

WELCOME TO LADYSMITH PRIMARY SCHOOL–Home of the Lions and when we became Madison Elementary we became the home of the mustangs.

Program and Licensing Details

  • Capacity: 20
  • License Number: 1107630
  • Age Range: 3 years to 5 years 11 months
  • Enrolled in Subsidized Child Care Program: No
  • District Office: Virginia Dept of Social Services - Division of Licensing Programs
  • District Office Phone: (800) 543-7545 (Note: This is not the facility phone number.)

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