Hawthorne Elementary would lose its courtyards and gain a separate gymnasium and new classrooms under a proposal to improve the elementary system at Hastings Public Schools.
In October, Superintendent Craig Kautz revealed the recommendations for the future of the elementary buildings as proposed by a Community Facilities Advisory Committee.
Under the committee’s proposal, the Hawthorne, Lincoln and Watson elementary buildings would be expanded, while Alcott and Longfellow both would be expanded and renovated.
Meanwhile, Morton Elementary would be closed with the option of turning it into a preschool hub for the district. If it is closed, students in the Morton attendance area would go to school at Watson Elementary and possibly Hawthorne.
Under the proposal, Hawthorne Elementary would receive about $2.2 million in upgrades and changes.