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 remain 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, signing the deal at Citizens Bank in Morehead.(3) The primary function of the building would be to host annual community reunions on the last weekend in July, family reunions, weddings and anniversaries, benefits, memorial services and gymnasium events. While the estimated cost of restoring the remainder of the building that was not burnt was $70,000, the group is currently accepting donations and applying for grants.
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- Noe, Tonia. “Fire guts Haldeman School.” Morehead News 2 Oct. 2007.
- Noe, Tonia. “Fire cause undetermined.” Morehead News 5 Oct. 2007.
- Noe, Tonie. “Old Haldeman School bought.” Journal Times [Grayson] 3 Jan. 2008.
- Cannon, John. “Haldeman Reunion Slated for Saturday.” Daily Independent [Ashland] 27 July 2012. 2 Aug. 2012. Article.