Haldeman Elementary in Haldeman, Kentucky was constructed in 1936 1 as a Works Progress Administration project. The school closed in 1991 4 due to the consolidation of the school system and was declared surplus property by the Rowan County Board of Education.1 It was purchased by local resident Emily Ball.3
On September 28, 2007 around 4 a.m., Haldeman Elementary was gutted by a large fire. The only salvageable portion of the building was the gymnasium, and only the stone walls remained of the rest. The fire was investigated by the Kentucky State Police as a possible arson as the building was without electricity.1 It was later ruled that the fire was due to an undetermined cause.2
The building was currently for sale at the time of the fire, and plans had been made to convert the school into a community center and emergency shelter.2 As part of the plans, the Haldeman/Hayes Crossing Community Center Inc. was formed to coordinate efforts led entirely by local citizens. A 22nd annual Hayes Crossing/Haldeman Community Reunion was held only months prior in July, where the community celebrated 100 years in existence.1
On January 4, 2008, the Haldeman/Hayes Crossing Community Center purchased the remainder of the school for $30,000,3 with the goal of using the gymnasium for annual community and family reunions, weddings and anniversaries, benefits, memorial services and other events.