Close Weaver High Building After School Year?

by Categorized: Christina Kishimoto, Schools Date:
Photo by Vanessa de la Torre.

Photo by Vanessa de la Torre

Superintendent Christina Kishimoto has proposed closing the Weaver High School building after this academic year and moving the culinary arts program to the Lincoln Culinary Institute for a three-year period.

As I reported yesterday, the fact that Weaver’s Journalism and Media Academy will be relocating to its new, permanent location on Tower Avenue means that roughly 300 culinary arts students would be left at the Granby Street building until major renovations begin in the next couple of years. (Assuming that the state approves Hartford’s construction grant application.)

Kishimoto told a school board committee this week that such an option brings security concerns. “I am not comfortable keeping that school open for such a small number of students,” she said. Read the full story here.

If the $100 million renovation for Weaver is rubber-stamped, there will come a time when students must be moved. The school will become a construction zone. The question, Kishimoto said, is whether that interim relocation should begin this year or next year.

Board members are expected to discuss her proposal in the next several weeks.

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