The Lionel School Set No. 961 was available only in 1959 and came with 36 pieces of Plasticville housed in a Type II box.
The set consisted of the following Plasticville items:
1. No. 1608 School House
2. No. 1075 Small Platform Fence 11 Fence Sections and 1 Gate
3. No. 12-A Road Signs 12 Road Signs
4. No. FP-5 Flag Pole
5. No. V-6 Vehicle Assortment 2 ORANGE buses only
6. No. 1030 Shrubs 6 KELLY GREEN shrubs
7. No. BC-9 Bench 2 Benches
Lionel included an instruction sheet numbered 961-10 that was dated 3-59 and this instruction sheet is illustrated below.
There are two variations:
Variation A: Came in a Type II box.
Variation B: Came in a WHITE cardboard box with a lift top lid and the number "961" stamped on both ends. This box is believed to have originated with Madison Hardware.