CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering to be built on Kennedy Road
By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
A state-of-the-art middle and high school will be built on Kennedy Road to service students interested in an aerospace and engineering curriculum. According to the architect’s rendering, the Capitol Region Education Council Academy of Aerospace and Engineering building will have many exterior features that relate to the theme of aerospace and engineering. In fact, a pixilated image from the Hubbell Telescope will wrap the exterior of the auditorium.
Presently, the inter-district magnet school is housed in a building at the Learning Corridor in Hartford and Bloomfield. “The advantage of this building is that it will allow our sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to be located at the same building as our ninth- through 12th-graders,” said Principal Paul Brenton.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held Oct. 3 at the new location.
The move to the newly-built structure will allow Capitol Region Education Council to expand its program to include the arts and athletics. “In addition to providing additional space for independent student research, collaborative problem-solving, robotics, and the study of aerospace manufacturing and design, this complex will allow us to expand our comprehensive and growing programs in music, art and athletics,” said Brenton.
Another exciting aspect of this school being located in Windsor is that the students will be able to intern at partner corporations like Barnes Aerospace, GKN Aerospace and Kaman. “We will be able to place students at a variety of corporate partners while they are here,” said Brenton.
The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering offers its students advanced courses in math and science, and represents a diverse student body from more than 30 Connecticut towns and cities.
The new school building will be opened by the school year beginning in fall 2015.