Watson could triple student population

Students arrive at Watson Elementary Wednesday morning.
Under a proposed $21.5 million elementary renovation
project, the school would triple in size, expanding to the
south and include a new entrance.

Watson Elementary would see the largest influx of new students under a proposed plan to improve the elementary system at Hastings Public Schools.

In October, Superintendent Craig Kautz unveiled the tentative recommendations for the future of the elementary buildings by a Community Facilities Advisory Committee.
Under the committee’s proposal, Hawthorne, Lincoln and Watson elementary buildings would be expanded, while Alcott and Longfellow would both be expanded and renovated.

Meanwhile, Morton Elementary would be closed with the option of turning it into a preschool hub for the district.

Watson Elementary currently has the smallest enrollment of the district’s elementary schools with only one section of each grade.

Under the proposal, Watson would become a three-section school through the addition of 13 classrooms.

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