New magnet school nearing completion in South Windsor

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Jul. 19, 2013
The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship's new facility, located at 625 Chapel Road, is roughly 70 percent complete, said the project manager. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.
The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship's new facility, located at 625 Chapel Road, is roughly 70 percent complete, said the project manager. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.

Construction is well underway for a new magnet school in South Windsor. The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship will be located at 625 Chapel Road, and is approximately 70 percent complete, according to David Fresk, a senior project manager for the Capitol Region Education Council.

CREC broke ground on the project in September 2012. The construction cost is estimated to be $31.5 million. The 65,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will house students in pre-Kindergarten through grade 5.

Site work continues on the construction, and mechanical work still needs to be done on the interior, Fesk said. He expects construction to be complete by the end of November. Students will begin school in the beginning of January 2014.

The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship was established in East Hartford. But school growth necessitated the move to a new facility; currently, the school is divided into two incubator spaces - Silver Lane for pre-K and Church Street for K to 5. “We're very, very enthusiastic for this move,” said Cindy Rigling, the school's principal. “We're very much looking forward to coming together under one roof.”

Each CREC magnet school builds on a theme, and the International Magnet School for Global Citizenship focuses on global citizenship. This focus is fostered by the International Baccalaureate framework. “The school has been designed to really bring out the theme of the school, and really support the tenets of IB,” Rigling said.

International Baccalaureate is a set of standards used in 138 countries that stresses “units of inquiry” to explore academic disciplines. The standards at the International Magnet School for Global Citizenship have been aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

The centerpiece of the new building will be a two-story library/media center, which will serve as the facility's hub. Smaller breakout rooms will facilitate collaborative learning and instruction.

The school currently has 415 students – 37 of whom are South Windsor residents. Parents interested in sending their children to the new magnet school will have the opportunity to apply through the lottery system, which will open next fall. Parents who are selected to send a student to the magnet school can register or decline, in which case the spot will go to a child on a waiting list. Most of the spots pulled will be 3-year-olds and kindergarteners.

“We're really excited to have the school coming to South Windsor. There's a lot of excitement coming from the parent community,” said Dina Crowl, the interim superintendent of CREC schools.

The school will schedule visits for current students and parents to visit the new facility some time in the fall.


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