Hartford school leaders are looking to the future and kicked off the school year Tuesday. They unveiled three new and renovated schools that aim to improve education in the city.
Mayor Pedro Segarra, along with the superintendent and other school leaders, got on buses and toured the city's latest educational improvements Tuesday.
"It continues that effort of making sure we have the best facilities for our children," Segarra said. "This is very important for us, this is the future of our kids."
They started the day at the Journalism and Media Magnet School, then went to the Global Communications Academy International Baccalaureate School and finished the tour at the newly-renovated M.D. Fox School.
Better facilities, better technology and better education are the focus of back to school in Hartford this year.
The Journalism and Media Magnet Academy is in a new facility equipped with state-of-the-art technology to prepare students who are interested in a career in media. School leaders said making the school a magnet school will boost student achievement.
"It actually feels pretty good to know that we have such an amazing opportunity as teenagers and still in high school," said Nardia Gayle, who is a senior at Journalism and Media Magnet Academy. "We still have regular classes, but we're getting a lot more experience with things we're not even used to."
The Journalism and Media Magnet Academy features a complete broadcast studio, which is capable of producing live TV.
Global Communications Academy International Baccalaureate School, which is a facility that focuses on international education, is now accredited for having on one of the most challenging curriculum in the world.
Administrators held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at M.D. Fox School Tuesday morning. A theme has not been decided for the school that just went through a multi-million-dollar renovation. A time capsule was buried at the school Tuesday.
Students such as Gayle said they couldn't be happier.
"To know that we have this, is mind blowing and I think we should be grateful for what we have right here," Gayle said.
City leaders said they'll continue to look at ways to grow magnet school programs for future "new" school years to come.
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