Welcome to Hartford!
The Hartford Central School District is located in Washington County, in eastern upstate New York. It serves students from the towns of Fort Edward, Fort Ann, Salem, Argyle, Hebron, Granville, and Hartford. The district features the Floyd Harwood Elementary School and the Hartford Middle/High school. Per the 2010 census, the town of Hartford's population is 2,269.
From the first school records dating back to about 1813, Hartford had several numbered districts scattered throughout the town. This was until 1930, when the citizens of Hartford voted to buy the land of the present school, and Hartford School became centralized. In 1933, the voters approved the new building, and in 1936 the cornerstone was laid and the building was first occupied in 1937.
Our “Tuffy the Tanager” mascot is complementary to the school colors of red and black. The name “Hartford Tanagers” was first introduced in 1950 when the student council sponsored a contest inviting students to submit possible mascot ideas. The student body then voted the Tanagers as the winner.
The elementary school accommodates approximately 170 students, and 23 teachers, with a teacher to student ratio of 7:1. The middle/high school accommodates approximately 220 students, and 31 teachers, with a teacher to student ratio of 7:1. Additionally, the district employs a Superintendent of Schools, Middle/High School Principal, Elementary Principal/CSE Chair, two School Counselors, and a School Psychologist. In 1987-88, Hartford was one of the first districts in New York State to offer Pre-k, and it’s still proudly going strong today.
The district prides itself on constantly innovating for the greater good of the students, school, and community. For example: In 2010 the district installed a wood gasification system that is environmentally friendly, while also saving thousands on heating costs. This Alternative Energy Plant (AEP) was the first wood chip gasification plant in a public school in all of New York State.
Many students enjoy taking hands-on classes in our Agriculture Technology building that comes equipped with a shop and a greenhouse. Others take advantage of the plethora of distance learning and early college courses that are offered by instructors both in and out of the district using one of our two distance learning rooms.