Most of the proposed $6.5 million redevelopment of Longfellow Elementary would involve upgrading the building's utility and climate control infrastructure without disturbing much of its historic integrity and distinctive physical characteristics.
At least that's the plan offered by a Community Facilities Advisory Committee that spent a year evaluating the elementary system at Hastings Public Schools before offering its recommendation to school officials.
Longfellow, which is the largest elementary building in the district, doesn't need any additional classrooms, as it already serves three sections of each grade. The proposed expansion part of the project would focus primarily on a new gymnasium to be built on the south side of the building. The current gymnasium shares space with the lunchroom, meaning that lunch and PE classes often overlap, which causes scheduling issues.