Alternative education center at Manchester's Stark House finds support
New superintendent Debra Livingston joined Mayor Ted Gatsas in laying out the plan for the center, which would serve as an alternative school for struggling students in grades five through eight.
The building has been vacant for more than two years, and the state is willing to lease the building to the city for a dollar a year. The proposal is up for a vote at today’s Executive Council meeting.
Another resident raised the concern that the center would divert teachers from already understaffed schools.
Gatsas said it was possible that some current teachers would work in the school, but he said the district would apply for grants to hire additional staff.
“This kind of setting, the staff would be specially trained to handle kids who have a tough time, who academically are well behind,” she said.
“I just think it’s important to serve this need in Manchester, especially with the disappearance of CHINS that really hurt our community,” Pappas said, referring to state budget cuts to the Children In Need of Services program.
Gatsas said he was hopeful that the program could be up and running in a matter of months, but he said the first step was to get control of the building.
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