The 75 students enrolled in West Hartford’s secondary programs reported to a new learning space on Tuesday: the American School for the Deaf’s Cogswell building off North Main Street.
For at least the past10 years, students in the STRIVE, an alternative-education program, and other post-secondary programs in West Hartford Public Schools went to 11 Wampanoag Drive, a three-floor building that was formerly a convent on Northwest Catholic High School’s campus.
“We’ve been looking for some additional space for a couple years and feel this would better suit the needs for our students in our post secondary programs,” said Andrew Morrow, the assistant superintendent for administration said.
The lease at the American School for the Deaf is $200,000 a year and includes janitorial and maintenance services. Morrow said school officials have been looking for a new space for the district’s post-secondary programs
“It’s a safer space for us, it’s a single-story so we don’t have students who will be going up and down stairs or in elevators,” Morrow said. “It’s a newer building and we feel that the layout of it will better suit the programming that we want to be able to offer students.”