The board of education unanimously voted to approve a plan to consolidate the Hartford school district, which includes closing some schools.
"This evening, the Board of Education voted unanimously to support a difficult but necessary reorganization of the Hartford Public Schools. The Superintendent and the members of the Board are working to put the district in a better position to provide the support, programming, and pathways necessary to help students succeed. I know that for the school communities and for the families directly affected by school closures and other changes, this process is a painful one," Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said on Tuesday night after the vote.
The three-year plan to save the district $15 million each year includes consolidating and relocating several schools, including closing Simpson-Waverly School and Bachelder School, in addition to phasing the high school grades out of Capital Prep. Other schools will be relocating.
Supt. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez said she recommended the plan because the Hartford public school district is facing declining enrollment and persistent low-student performance.