Sylvan Learning Center Reopens Under New Ownership

Two weeks after abruptly closing its doors, the Sylvan Learning Center in West Hartford reopened Monday with a new owner.

The company provides tutoring and college prep for students taking SATs and ACTs.

Earlier this month the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters received a number of calls following the sudden shutdown of the West Hartford location. Parents were concerned they would be out hundreds of dollars.

The new owner, Peter Bartoli said he will honor existing agreements the prior owner had with parents and said picking up where everyone left off will prove easier than trying to recover money from the prior Sylvan owner.

So far, about 95-percent of the students are coming back, according to Bartoli.

“Everything's computerized in here and we deliver instruction on iPads, so it's really easy to freeze it in time then pick up right where you left off. The students will really see no difference," Bartoli said.

The prior owner had shut down the Sylvan Learning Center suddenly on March 7, due to what he characterized as a dispute with the landlord that owns the shopping center.

Bartoli said he can put parents who do not want to continue with Sylvan in touch with the prior owner, so they can discuss what options are available.

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