The Hartland Educational Support Service Center is a hub of various activities for the Hartland School District and…More the community. The district offices, alternative high school, community education program and Hartland Senior Center are all housed in what was formerly the district's high school.
Built in 1972, the facility also provides space to outside groups such as Washtenaw Community College. The campus features a track, tennis and basketball courts, and a football and softball field. The district currently serves about 5,600 students from Hartland Township and parts of Brighton, Deerfield, Genoa, Oceola and Tyrone Townships. There's a total staff of more than 380 that includes 280 teachers. The annual general fund budget is about $47.7 million.
The Hartland Area Community Council was formed in 1935 as a forum to coordinate projects and resolve community…More issues. The idea of J. Robert Crouse Sr., Hartland's most-noted philanthropist, the organization was part of the effort he started called the Hartland Area Project to foster arts, education and recreation for the Hartland community. After formation, the council's first big collaboration was its role in the construction of a recreation center that opened in 1938.
Today, the council organizes local events, such as the annual Memorial Day parade in May and Heritage Day in September. In addition, the group has spearheaded projects, such as the creation of a playscape at Epley Park.
The group meets 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month from August through June in the media center at Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek.
The building was originally built in 1858 by members of the First Congregational Church. But by the 1920s it had fallen into disrepair and was purchased by local philanthropist John Robert Crouse Sr., who renovated the building and donated it to the community as part of the Hartland Area Project.
Emil Lorch, dean of the University of Michigan School of Architecture, oversaw the conversion in 1931 that included adding column porticoes and a Kilden pipe organ, according the community education website.
The hall was added to the State Register of Historic Sites in 1980 and famously hosts an annual performance of Handel's Messiah each December.