The Morton Elementary building likely still would be used in some capacity if it is decided to close the school as part of a proposed overhaul of the elementary system at Hastings Public Schools.
"It would cost anywhere from $300,000 to a half-million to tear Morton down and turn it into vacant playground space," Superintendent Craig Kautz said. "To be cost effective, we could use it for something else. And if we have space and develop that space, it could be used for a multitude of purposes."
In October, Kautz revealed the recommendations for the future of the elementary buildings as proposed by a Community Facilities Advisory Committee.