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WBCH offers this space to area school superintendents to highlight news in their districts. This posting is from Hastings Area School System Superintendent Carrie Duits.


 “The Hastings Area School System has a long history of musical excellence and we are proud to say our Saxon Drumline is continuing that tradition. The competitive group, formed by Hastings High School band Teacher Jen Pesch is already winning accolades. The Saxon Drumline was named West Michigan Drumline of the Year— what a way to start off an exciting new program! Congratulations to Jen and her students!


Also, hats off to our Hastings High School Student Council and Advisor Cathy Longstreet for another successful Winterfest celebration! Community service is a HHS Winterfest tradition. This year the high school honored, Leo, a kindergarten student at Star Elementary with leukemia. All proceeds from T shirt sales and raffles are being donated to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Great job everyone!


Speaking of traditions, our community has a long tradition of supporting education and our current bond project is evidence of the pride our community takes in its schools!

Monday evening the Hastings Area School System Board of Education got a brief update on the bond project from Tom Kloosterman from Kingscott. He included a power point presentation on the designs for the new Hastings Middle School building. Go to the district website and click on the Bond Project Information button to see the designs – they’re amazing!

The first-floor block work for the classroom portion of the middle school is nearly complete. This means we are on schedule to begin placing the structural steel March 6. Once the steel is in place, it will be covered with pre-cast concrete flooring, and then block work will begin on the second story!


Two walls of the auxiliary gym are almost to roof level and we are about a week away from having all walls of the new gym up. Things are really coming together at Hastings Middle School! It may not seem like there is much bond work happening at the high school; but, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes! Bids have been received and reviewed and Monday evening the Board of Education approved six contracts for construction at the high school. Sixteen more contracts are expected to be approved during the board’s work session Tuesday, March 14.


Once all the bids have been awarded and the frost laws are lifted for the season, construction will begin on footings for our new Performing Arts Center (PAC) at the high school. We’re anticipating work to begin in early to mid-April!

Everything is on track for all bond work to be completed by the fall of 2018!  The new PAC will be a fitting showcase for our award winning band and choral music programs as well as our high school dramas and musicals!


The Hastings Area School System appreciates what voters have done to support the future of our students and community. When the work is complete we will have world class facilities for our world class students!”


Young kindergarten and kindergarten enrollment has begun and we are once again to area preschools to aid parents with the enrollment process. If you have a child who will be ready for young kindergarten or kindergarten in the fall, go to the district website   to download the enrollment form or contact the Hastings Area School System 269-948-4400 to enroll. Remember – it’s a great day to be a Saxon!









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