Hastings voters to decide on elementary school recommendation

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Updated: Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:17:52 CST

Hastings Public Schools will let voters decide on reducing the number of elementary schools from 6 to 5. At tonight's school board meeting, members unanimously voted to add a bond issue to the ballot on May 13th.

Residents will be voting on the recommendation that Hastings move to a five elementary school plan. They currently have six.

The recommendation was made by the Community Facilities Advisory Committee.
Under the plan, the insides of the older Longfellow and Alcott schools will be completely redone. Lincoln, Watson and Hawthorne schools would see additions, and the final school, Morton, will go off-line and into a new role.

Also, at tonight's meetings the Board voted Jim Boeve as School Board President and Matt Pershing as Vice President.

The Hastings School Board also passed a resolution against arming teachers with guns in schools. That was a 9-0 vote.