Hastings Elementary School Brings Learning Outside
DUNCANVILLE—Students at Hastings Elementary School will begin this school year in a new, state-of-the-art building. The elementary students will have opportunities to work either inside or outside at their new campus.
Modern features like a ‘learning courtyard’ and outdoor art space encourage educators and their students to consider the outside an equally informative and appropriate place for lessons – when it’s not 100-degrees.
State of the Art Building Uses Solar Power
The 92,000 square foot building was built to maximize the amount of light indoors. Studies have shown students’ behavior improves when they’re able to see the outdoors. Students will perform experiments and grow their own plants using an underground cistern that collects rainwater for a drip irrigation system and water table.
Four groupings of solar panels positioned on the roof give the building’s electricity a boost. Students are able to see how much energy is being saved in real time with a digital display.
Students are providing tours of their new elementary school following a ribbon cutting on Thursday, August 18 at 5:30 pm.
William Lee Hastings Elementary was opened in 1968, with additions in 1975 and 1980 and renovations in 2004. This summer the building was torn down and construction on the new Hastings elementary school began.
The school was named for William Lee Hastings, Jr., the son of a former board member. School colors are navy and white and the mascot is listed as huskies. Hastings Elementary educates students from pre-K through fourth grade.
The $102.545 million bond package passed by Duncanville voters in 2014 funded construction of the Hastings Elementary School.