This is the newest school in Lincoln County. The building took several years to complete and finally opened in 2012.
The Harts Creek
PK-8 School represents the new trend in the Lincoln County School system that
is also being mirrored by other schools in the Southern part of the state. The
school replaced Harts Elementary and Ferrelsburg Elementary. Due to financial
restrictions and sparse population, larger schools that contain an elementary
school and a middle school in one building are being constructed instead of
individual schools. Six schools in Lincoln County were consolidated to form 3
PK-8 schools in the 2000s. These consolidations were another effect of the 1982
Recht Decision. Due to financial restriction and standardized goals, when a
school fell into disrepair and needed rebuilding, the county opted to build larger schools to replace multiple smaller ones.
The outcry from the community when
this happened was quite extensive. Many parents did not want their children to
have to be bused farther and lose the smaller class sizes. The protests and
complaints did nothing to thwart the school consolidation process. In 1976
Lincoln County had 24 schools; currently it has 8.