Cleveland County Ghosts Haunt School Administrators
A creepy casket, a demonic doll -- all in a day's work for a superintendent in Rison
You never know what you may hear at a small-town school board meeting.
At this week's Cleveland County School District meeting, Superintendent Jerrod Williams told the story about how he got the bejesus scared out of him when he went explored the old New Edinburg school building.
Listen here for his first-hand account:
Indeed, Williams was right about the creepy abandoned school especially in one particular classroom with yes, a full-size coffin.
A New Edinburgh town official took me on a brief tour of the building because a curious reporter like myself who grew up reading Nancy Drew books had to see for herself. A demonic four-foot doll in the same hair-raising room as the casket does make you take a step or ten back.
Williams is currently performing a survey of property the Cleveland County School District owns, and the New Edinburg school is one of them.
For years, the New Edinburg community hosted a haunted house in the school. Now some people use the classrooms for local storage. The building, which has seen better days, is still sentimental to many residents in this quaint hamlet of 134 people.
In 1985, the New Edinburg School District was forced to consolidate with the Kingsland School District. In 2004, Kingsland consolidated with Rison to become the Cleveland County School District. In 2019, the Kingsland elementary school consolidated with Rison.
The Cleveland County School District board decided Monday night it wants Williams to explore options for the New Edinburg building.
Inside, the school’s mascot the Eagle is still painted on its wall – a reminder of when a rural school was a community's anchor. Members of the school's senior high English class even worked on the town's long-ago newspaper.
Regardless of what happens to the building, the ghosts are watching. On this partly cloudy September day, walking through the desolate halls where children once learned, the faint echoes of laughter could almost be heard.