Superintendent Narvaez Recommends New Building for Clark Elementary School
HARTFORD – Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez announced today that Hartford Public Schools is recommending the construction of a new building for Clark Elementary School.
The new building academic design will receive input from a committee of family and community members from the school.
“I promised that Clark Elementary School would not disappear as a school. Today, I continue to hold true to that promise by recommending that we move forward with a new neighborhood JC Clark Elementary School in Hartford’s Northeast Neighborhood,” said Dr. Narvaez during a meeting with Clark Elementary School families.
Mayor Luke Bronin said: “I believe that the Superintendent’s recommendation represents the best first step towards strengthening Hartford schools in the Northeast Neighborhood.”
Dr. Narvaez also cautioned that the renovation process will take time and that Hartford Public Schools must must continue to engage the broader Hartford community in an ongoing conversation about a comprehensive plan that addresses future enrollment needs of the district.
A year ago, Hartford Public Schools made the difficult decision to temporarily close Clark Elementary School after tests revealed unacceptable levels of PCBs in many areas of the building.
The decision to relocate students was taken as a safety precaution in the best interest of all Clark students, staff and families, and to avoid the unnecessary disruptions that the remediation process would entail. PCBs were discovered during the installation of a much-needed sprinkler system.
Last fall, after a complex approval process, the United States Environmental Protection Agency approved a pilot project with the goal of isolating the source of PCBs. Although full report has not been compiled, preliminary results revealed that remediation was not a viable solution.
“I appreciate the sacrifice that families, students and staff have made this past year during this difficult transitional period. I also want to acknowledge and thank the principals, staff and families for your amazing work and resilience under very challenging circumstances,” said Dr. Narvaez.