Big changes were already coming to Hartford’s Journalism and Media Academy, which is moving from Weaver High School to a newly renovated location on Tower Avenue in August.
Now it appears that the academy will become a magnet school.
The city board of education is scheduled to vote Tuesday night to convert Journalism and Media Academy to a Sheff magnet. Negotiations between the state, Sheff plaintiffs and Hartford school leaders to extend the desegregation agreement have been ongoing. (More on that here.)
In a summary to the board, school administrators said converting JMA to a magnet school would be part of the settlement.
The plan calls for making 180 seats available for incoming ninth-graders in 2013-14. Half of those seats would be reserved for suburban students. By 2016-17, the magnet seats will expand to 12th grade.
Currently, about 200 students attend the academy.
Families of incoming ninth-graders will be able to apply for the program immediately. Later today, the state’s Regional School Choice Office plans to open its application process for new magnet schools and programs for the 2013-14 year.
The list of new programs already includes the Hartford Journalism and Media Magnet School. The application deadline is April 29; the New Schools and Opportunities lottery will be held in May, according to the state.