Officials Herald New Goodwin Magnet School as a Boon to Early Childhood Education
Once it opens, the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School will provide 240 children with the chance to learn in a comprehensive program, supported by the college and a nurturing group of educators.
On Tuesday, July 10, however, the site of the future school was a place for officials to gather and praise the initiative, both in terms of new educational opportunities for children as well as creating jobs for state workers.
This is something that has been very important to all of us,” said Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman. “Generations of kids will live on and have a better life because of you.”
Wyman was among many speakers who heralded the groundbreaking, which took place on the grounds of Willowbrook School in East Hartford. Last year, Goodwin College acquired the property from the town for the purposes of developing the Early Childhood Magnet School.
Once completed, the $16 million, 34,000 square foot facility will house programs for up t0 240 students, drawing from throughout the region. Half the slots will be reserved for students in prekindergarten and the other 120 spots for kindergarten-age children.
The learning opportunities will not be limited to children. Students from the College’s Early Childhood and Child Study program will help staff the school, mastering their own crafts and applying their knowledge directly to the youngsters.
“Goodwin does not build buildings just for the sake of building buildings,” said Alan Kramer, Dean of Magnet Schools for the College. “We build it because of a vision that we have of what education means.”
The school is the second of three magnet schools that Goodwin intends to complete and open by the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year. Construction is already underway on the permanent home of the Connecticut River Academy, an interdistrict magnet high school already in operation on Goodwin College’s campus. Work on the third school – the Pathway Academy for Technology and Design, a magnet high school to be run by the Hartford Board of Education – is expected to begin soon.
The three huge projects, as well as smaller construction projects all over Goodwin’s River Campus and in other areas of East Hartford, is creating a positive transformation. State Senator Gary LeBeau, D-East Hartford, lauded the College as transformative for the neighborhood, and State Representative Jason Rojas, D-East Hartford, credited the positive economic impact.
“Welcome to the Goodwin College Economic Stimulus and Job Creation area,” Rojas said. “As much as we laugh about that, it is critically important that all of this work is taking place because it putting people to work and making sure that people can stay in their homes and put food on the table.”
Peter “Ed” Reilly, president of the Greater Hartford-New Britain Building and Construction Trades Council, praised Goodwin President Mark Scheinberg for entering Project Labor Agreements to help generate construction jobs for Connecticut laborers.