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School board members vote on consolidation plan for Weaver

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There was a major vote in Hartford on Tuesday, impacting the fate of Weaver High School. (WFSB) There was a major vote in Hartford on Tuesday, impacting the fate of Weaver High School. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

There was a major vote in Hartford on Tuesday, impacting the fate of Weaver High School.

After hearing from a lot of passionate speakers, and a long debate between school board members, the board voted for a consolidation plan for Weaver, which is currently in the middle of a huge renovation project.

With an 8-1 vote, board members believe they’ve come up with a plan that would allow for the completion of the $100 million Weaver High School construction project.

Under the plan, Weaver High School Inc., and Kinsella Magnet Academy will share a campus. The plan also calls for the Culinary Arts Academy to be phased out after the current students graduate, and be replaced by the Journalism and Media Magnet Academy.

"This really represents a community coming together trying to find positive solutions so that we can move forward as one city and one community and bringing a 21st education to our children,” said school Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez.

The schools will function as three separate schools, with some shared resources.

Board Secretary Craig Stallings said he believes the plan is a compromise.

"I think because of this arrangement, it's very difficult to provide a comprehensive high school all at once, but am I encouraged that we are going to develop Weaver the way it was once, yes,” Stallings said.

The campus is expected to be open for the 2019-2020 school year.

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