HPS stays flexible as elementary improvement plans progress

The Hastings Public School District and a Community Facilities Advisory Committee are keeping their plans somewhat fluid as they continue public discourse about the proposed improvements to the district’s elementary sites.

A $21.5 million bond issue up for election May 13 could fund renovations and additions at five of the elementary schools while also putting students and staff into a six-year transition phase as the projects are completed.

As time and discussions evolve, so do the plans, district administrators say.

“When you’re trying to balance diverse and sometimes conflicting values across the district, is the plan going to be perfect for everyone? Probably not,” said Craig Kautz, superintendent of Hastings Public Schools, in an interview this week. “We can put forward our best ideas at this time, but they might not be the best ideas two years from now. We will learn a lot as we begin this process.”

The Hastings Public School District is conducting informational meetings about the bond issue for parents and the public at all six elementary sites. Four meetings remain. Each meeting will be at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

—Monday at Watson
—Thursday at Alcott
—Monday, April 14 at Hawthorne
—Tuesday, April 22 at Lincoln

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