The Pulaski Area Community Education (PACE) program officially began in 1980. However, before that time the Pulaski Community School District was already steeped in the concepts of community education.
In 1935 Mr. Frank Joswick became the superintendent of the Pulaski Community School District. At that time the school district consisted of the village and a small parcel of land surrounding the village.
When Mr. Joswick retired in 1970 the school district encompassed 176 square miles in four counties. It included what were once 26 country school districts and was in the top quartile in size among Wisconsin school districts. The programs Mr. Joswick started and the philosophy of “outreach” that he nurtured are what became one of the Pulaski Community School District's hallmarks.
Through Mr. Joswick's vision a shoe factory appeared in Pulaski, Pulaski Industries began and Tri-County Community Corporation started; all initiatives to help the people and improve the quality of life in Pulaski . . . and it all started with the help of the schools.
Surveys were taken by high school students to determine resident's needs and wants. Through these surveys a new sewage treatment plant was built and a soils and milk testing lab were created at Pulaski High School so local farmers could test their products.
From these beginnings . . . these community links, the PACE program evolved.
Today, in the year 2009, PACE is commonly recognized as one of Wisconsin's premier community education programs. In addition, PACE has been identified as one of America's best community outreach efforts.
The litany of PACE programs continues to grow. From its earliest beginnings the PACE offerings now impact thousands of residents and non-residents alike. Programs supported by PACE are as varied as recreation classes to daycare . . . from a community band and chorus to summer school . . . from piano lessons to hunter education.
The vision of Mr. Joswick has lived on for nearly 70 years and today PACE fills a unique need in the community, namely, making the public school a resource for all the people.