Willowbrook's sale to create new magnet school

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Sat., May. 14, 2011
Goodwin College Early Childhood Education Magnet School will be for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. Courtesy image. - Contributed Photo

The sale of Willowbrook School to Goodwin College has set in motion plans to build a new $16 million early childhood magnet school. The college and the town have been in negotiation for several months over the possible sale of the school, and the agreement was announced May 2. Goodwin College has agreed to purchase the property for $1.025 million.

While the plans are being developed for the construction of the new magnet school, Goodwin College has agreed to lease back the existing Willowbrook School building to the town for $1 per year. The Willowbrook School, located at 95 Willowbrook Road, currently houses several early childhood programs, including Head Start, School Readiness, Birth to Three and Preschool Special Education Programs.

There are no plans to tear down the Willowbrook School. The new plans would place the new magnet school adjacent to Willowbrook, which is located on Route 2 across from Goodwin's River Campus. The new building will have capacity for 240 students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, from East Hartford and the greater Hartford area. Goodwin College early childhood program faculty and students will work with the new facility.

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