The phrase, "They don't make them like that anymore," applies to a lot of things in today's world ... and it's definitely the case for schoolhouses. While I'm sure there are technical advantages to some of the ones they're building nowadays, pretty much all of the new ones are thoroughly uninspiring in their architecture. That certainly wasn't the case a century ago, when nearly every small-town schoolhouse was a local architectural landmark.
This photo of the old school at Malta is the perfect example -- what a gorgeous structure that was! The nondescript buildings that replaced it may be more efficient, but in terms of inspiration they certainly can't compare.