HUDSON — It started in May 2015.

"After Tom Tobin [school board member] suggested one night at an alumni meeting that 'gee, maybe it would be great to write a history of the Hudson City Schools,'" said Sheryl Sheatzley, manager of communications and alumni outreach. "It had been written in other forms, but more abbreviated forms, in the past. He volunteered to help support it."

From there, Sheatzley said, they asked for volunteers to help collect information and photos of the history of the Hudson City Schools and its predecessors, like the Hudson Local Schools and the Union Schools.

The result is a nearly 200-page hardcover color book that was released earlier this month.

"If it tells you anything about the history of the schools, these books are about six pounds," Sheatzley said during the school board's Dec. 9 meeting.

The books, which are $45 at point of sale, can be found at The Learned Owl and Destination Hudson.

The books even have two jacket covers, one featuring the current high school, one the former high school, which is now the middle school, Sheatzley said. Readers can choose which one they wish to use.

Sheatzley said that the book focuses on verifiable dates and facts; however, those wishing to share their personal stories and photos of their days in the Hudson schools will have the chance to do so in the near future through a blog that will be available at the Hudson City School's website.

Superintendent Phil Herman said he was thrilled with the book.

"What I thought it would be was a paperback with a few black and white photos," Herman said. "We are so grateful for the quality of the book."

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