Facility completion and opening
During the spring of 2011 Dean Sakofs met several times with the key representatives from CREC, the New Britain Academy for Health Professions, the New Britain School Board as well as the New Britain Community, to discuss locating a magnet school in New Britain and on the CCSU campus. There were two main issues: 1) program and 2) construction.
Program: The theme of the proposed magnet school aligned with two program areas in the School of Education and Professional Studies, i.e., nursing and teacher education. All parties see opportunity for collaboration and Dr. Wagner (Nursing chair) is involved with curriculum development and Dean Sakofs remains on the New Britain Academy for Health Professions board.
Construction: Two factors were deemed essential to determining the location of the magnet school, i.e., location and time frames. There was a clear mandate to locate the school in New Britain and budgeting time frames required construction to start in early spring (April). Accompanied by Vice President Bachoo and Dean Sakofs, CREC representatives visited the East Campus to determine its suitability. While it had much to offer, it was determined construction could not begin soon enough to make it a viable option. Other CCSU sites were also considered but they, too, were rejected. At the present ti me, the site for the school will be in New Britain but not on the CCSU campus.
Regarding the future, while interest in locating a magnet school on the CCSU campus remains high, the state’s magnet school budget is uncertain and, without funding, the likelihood we will build on campus is low. That said, if monies become available, we will continue efforts to establish a magnet school on our campus.