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Hardin-Central School

Hardin-Central C-2 School District is a composition of several smaller rural schools that were consolidated throughout the 1920s, 1930s, and 1950s into the Hardin Public Schools and the Central School District.  In 1966, Hardin Public Schools and Central School District consolidated to become Hardin-Central Consolidated School District No. 2.

The current K-12 building was built in 1954 and has been expanded four times in the last 50 years.  In 1968, the district added an Industrial Arts classroom and shop and a music room to the southwest side of the building. After the Industrial Arts program closed, the classroom became the Art classroom, and the shop became the library.

In 1971, the district added classrooms for First and Second Grades and for the Title I program to the north end of the elementary.  Title I has since moved, and that room is now the Elementary Computer Lab.  In 1974 an Agriculture Education classroom and shop were added to the west side of the school, halting the district's building expansions for over 30 years.

During the summer of 2004, the district replaced the aging exterior single-pane glass windows with energy efficient inert gas panels and double-pane windows and installed air-conditioning in all classrooms.

In 2005, the district received a $100,000 grant to begin a Preschool program.  After the Preschool succesfully exhibited its benefits to the community while in a temporary room behind the school building, the district appropriated funds to build a new addition with a Preschool classroom, four offices, and plenty of storage space while at the same time remodeling the bleacher area in the gymnasium with new bleachers and a full-height ceiling above them.  Completed in December 2007 after seven months of construction, the new addition includes a Preschool classroom with kitchen, storage room, and restroom; four offices: Counselor, Gifted, Elementary Special Education, and Title I/Reading Recovery; storage under the bleachers; a large storage room; a restroom; and a mechanical room.  This expansion also included air conditioning in the gym and a rebuild of the weight room.