Hartford Board of Education Approves School Restructuring Plan
District Model of Excellence to be implemented in the next three years.
The Hartford Board of Education approved the District Model for Excellence restructuring recommendations by a unanimous vote of 8-0.
The recommendations were informed by a comprehensive study of the district and by broad community engagement with the goal of improving academic outcomes for all Hartford students.
“I want to thank our school community as a whole, our students, families, staff and partners for engaging in this critical process of redesigning our district,” said Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez. “This has been an intense and challenging process for many of us. But we are facing the challenge by making the difficult decisions that have been delayed for far too long. It is time to change. We can do this together.”
Some highlights of the District Model for Excellence plan include full access to middle school programming in all neighborhoods, clear enrollment pathways for students and their families, improved structures for teacher and staff collaboration, and fiscal sustainability by right-sizing the district.
“We commend Superintendent Torres-Rodriguez for her diligent work in this crucial matter,” said Board Chairman Craig Stallings. “We want to build a district where families will have a clear picture of their child’s progress and a positive experience in the public school system. Now all our students will have the resources to reach out for their best hopes and dreams.”
Effective at the end of the 2017-18 school year, the district will close Louis W. Batchelder Elementary School, Dr. Frank T. Simpson-Waverly Elementary School. Capital Community College Magnet Academy will phase out at the end of the 2019-20 school year (this school is currently co-located at Capital Prep). The building of John C. Clark Elementary School, which is out of service due to contamination concerns, will be relinquished immediately by Hartford Public Schools. And Central Office at 960 Main Street will be relocated to other school buildings when the lease expires in 2020.
With Weaver High school under construction and Martin Luther King, Jr. slated for renovation in 2018, the district will count with two fully renovated school buildings in the near future (projected to open in 2019 and 2020, respectively). The recommendations also call for the establishment of a dual language school in English and Spanish.
“There is a lot of hard work ahead. After nine consecutive years of flat or reduced funding for our schools, at the end of this three-year implementation we will be able to reinvest approximately $15 million more per year on high-leverage investments,” said Dr. Torres-Rodriguez. “More importantly, Hartford will be in a stronger position to offer high-quality education opportunities for every student in every school.”
To learn more about the District Restructuring Recommendations, click here.
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Click here to watch the January 23, 2018 Board Meeting.