HMS will close Hartley Elementary

After three bond referendums failed — two making a majority but missing a supermajority by a handful of votes — the HMS school district intends to close the district’s oldest building in 2019, KIWA Radio reports. That would be Hartley Elementary, housed in a Depression-era building once intended for K-12.

HMS said this would happen if the bond issue failed, and it would have happened if the bond issue had succeeded. The good news is that Hartley will still have the high school. Grades 7 to 12 will be in Hartley and the rest in Sanborn, the radio station said.

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