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Haldeman School

Haldeman School is a former school in Haldeman, Kentucky.

It was constructed in 1936 1 as a Works Progress Administration project and closed in 1991 4 due to the consolidation of the school system. Haldeman School was declared surplus property by the Rowan County Board of Education and 1 and was purchased by local resident Emily Ball. 3

Haldeman School was gutted in a fire around 4 a.m. on September 28, 2007. 2 The only salvageable section of the building was the gymnasium. The fire was investigated by the Kentucky State Police as arson as the school was without electricity, 1 although 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. 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 the annual community and family reunions, weddings, and anniversaries, benefits, memorial services, and other events.



  1. Noe, Tonia. “Fire guts Haldeman School.” Morehead News 2 Oct. 2007.
  2. Noe, Tonia. “Fire cause undetermined.” Morehead News 5 Oct. 2007.
  3. Noe, Tonie. “Old Haldeman School bought.” Journal Times [Grayson] 3 Jan. 2008.
  4. Cannon, John. “Haldeman Reunion Slated for Saturday.” Daily Independent [Ashland] 27 July 2012. 2 Aug. 2012. Article.

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