Potential Closing of Batchelder School Vote Happening Tuesday

The superintendent of schools in Hartford is recommending a plan to consolidate the school district, which includes closing some schools, and on Monday night students, parents and teachers pleaded with school leaders to keep Batchelder Elementary open.

 The three-year plan to save the district $15 million each year includes consolidating and relocating several schools, including closing Simpson-Waverly School and possible phasing the high school grades out of Capital Prep. The three schools might relocate to the new Weaver campus, which is being built on Granby Street.

Supt. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez said she recommended the plan because the Hartford public school district is facing declining enrollment and persistent low-student performance.

But outside of Batchelder on Monday night, parents holding signs, alongside students, sent a strong message to those who want to shut the school down.

"I love my teacher and I love my best friends," Carlos Lopez, a 2nd grader, said.

Inside hundreds gathered in the auditorium to face the Hartford Board of Education.

The district leaders are weighing a plan which includes consolidating and relocating schools.

Residents arguing to keep the school said it was like a second home and family to many in the community.

Monday was one of the last chances before the school’s fate is decided. A vote is expected on Tuesday. The board will meet at the Naylor School at 5:30 p.m.

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