Mayor Leng Advocates for Keeping Church Street School Open
and Expanding Youth Opportunities for Community
HAMDEN – Mayor Curt Balzano Leng is calling on the Hamden Board of Education to reconsider a previous vote and keep Church Street School open for use by the Hamden community, and to halt discussion for the school to be sold to an outside investor in favor of keeping the school as an active neighborhood elementary school and community asset.
Commenting, Mayor Leng said, “I've listened to many families who have been directly assisted in such essential ways, not only through receiving quality education, but also by developing relationships and having access to community resources, strengthening the health and wellness of the students and families in the surrounding neighborhood. This is so incredibly valuable to our residents, and highlights why we must not close the school. Instead, we must preserve this community asset and build off the success and potential of this true neighborhood resource.”
Mayor Leng continued, “I would like to propose consideration of Church Street as a Town/BOE/Partner after-school youth center, with the Town and non-profit partners (who are ready and able to get started) assisting to provide additional youth activities and opportunities. A youth center that focuses on the whole child and builds on connections to our community would be a tremendous asset to the children, our families and to our hometown. I know that we can work together to accomplish a potentially transformative effort while avoiding the unintended, and likely irreparable, harm that the closure of this loved community asset would cause.”
Recognizing and appreciating the Hamden Board of Education’s extensive efforts, while advocating for a change to be worked on together, the Mayor added, “No one ever wants to see a school close. Schools are extended families in many ways. The Board of Education’s work, done with intent and thoughtful student-centered consideration, has always been well-thought out and done with purpose. I am deeply appreciative of this. That said, sometimes there is a right and a wrong thing to do. At this key moment in our Town’s history, the right choice is to keep this unique community asset open and excelling.”
*a copy of Mayor Leng's correspondence to the Board of Education is attached*
For further questions or comment, please contact the Office of the Mayor at 203-287-7100