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3R Initiative Implementation And Progress

Rethink, Restructure, Results Initiative


History of the Hamden 3R Initiative

  • Decreasing state funding to towns for education, 
  • Declining enrollment (similar to most other communities in CT),
  • Meeting state guidelines for diversity 
  • Incorporating our own community's values around diversity and inclusiveness.

These are all critical issues facing our town. In 2017, the Hamden Board of Education began discussing these issues and examining ways to continue to provide an excellent educational system in a way that can be sustained in the future while being mindful of these important issues.

The Board and administration have created an initiative around this work called, "3R - Rethink, Restructure, Results."  We saw and continue to see this important work not as a challenge, but rather as an opportunity to optimize programming and reallocate resources to maximize opportunities for our students, while at the same time creating conditions for a long-term sustainable school system of excellence. 

For more information on history of the initiative, view our 3R Initiative Legacy Page.

Initiative Progress and Updates

At the special Board of Education meeting on Thursday, November 29, 2018, the Board of Education voted on the school district's restructuring plan. The following items were approved:

  1. Move 6th grade students from elementary schools to Hamden Middle School
  2. Close and repurpose Church Street Elementary School
  3. Close and repurpose Shepherd Glen Elementary School
  4. Petition the Legislative Council for the transfer of the Wintergreen facility to be incorporated back into the Hamden Public School system
  5. Direct the Superintendent to develop intra-district magnet programs and obtain Board approval for implementation
  6. Direct the Superintendent to develop a districtwide universal pre-K program and obtain Board approval for implementation.
None of the items above are expected to take effect this year or next - the changes will require extensive planning and work with our families and staff.
We recognize that there will be challenges as well as mixed emotions about the changes that will be occurring in our district in the next several years. However, we are confident that together, we can work through challenges and emerge as a stronger community.
Updates will be published here as they are available.

It is the mission of Hamden Public Schools to ensure all our students learn to the best of their potential each and every day they are entrusted to our care.

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