The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

What's next for Hartley's old school?

Developer shares plans for property

 

February 3, 2022

SENTINEL-NEWS FILE PHOTO

Lockers hang open on the last day of class at the former H-M-S Elementary building in Hartley last May. The school was sold to Hestia Investments in December.

The new owner of Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn's old elementary school is bubbling with excitement about the building's potential.

Michael Reese, of Hestia Investments, says that though the building remains empty, he thinks it will become "a crown jewel for Hartley and O'Brien County." Reese and Hestia winterized the facility and patched the west roof after buying the building for $100 from the H-M-S Community School District in early December. Additional renovations will ramp up in the months ahead.

"We have been radio silent regarding the school and that has been by design as we get our ducks in...



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