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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Nathan Hale closed nine years ago, Robertson three years ago and Washington two years ago, and although town leaders haven't decided what will become of these school buildings they are re-committing to finding answers. We have more on that below as well as news and nuggets from all around. Enjoy reading OneManchester? You can subscribe and have it sent to you by email every Thursday morning by clicking here.
What's Next?
The town is seeking input as it figures out how to repurpose (clockwise from top left) Washington, Nathan Hale, Martin and Robertson schools.
The Plan:
  • Voters approved spending up to $12 million dollars for the repurposing initiative as part of the $93 million SMARTR2 referendum in June 2019.
  • A consultant will be working with a 22-member committee to solicit input from town residents with targeted outreach to residents from the neighborhoods of each repurposed building.
  • Outreach will include listening/brainstorming sessions, building tours, phone-banking, door-to-door canvassing and more.

Longtime resident Richard Blade is among those involved with the planning and discussions, and he's also the latest addition to our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery.
The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram
George Washington was the first president and Connecticut's own Nathan Hale a soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War ... 

... but what about two other men memorialized by to-be-repurposed Manchester schools?
On the left is J.T. Robertson (1856-1922), who owned a soap factory in town; Richard Martin (1905-1967) came to Manchester as a newspaper reporter and later served as town manager. Click here to learn about school names.
School Stuff, Cont.


Parents and families: The district has scheduled an onsite vaccination clinic on Monday for any students 16 and older at Manchester High School. The registration links follow and appointments must be made in advance: English Version / Spanish Version.

At Waddell, student teacher Ms. Clements displayed a scarf from Germany and third-grader Aldo a scarf from Peru on 'Rep Your Culture Day.' Meanwhile, at Bowers, students enjoyed dressing up like a favorite book character.
To see these photos and more visit the district Facebook page.
There's still more than six weeks of school left but the calendar for the next academic year has been set.

  • The elementary day will end at 3 p.m. (meaning walkers and students being picked up can leave) but buses will leave at 3:40, so there will be activities/enrichment/reading-math practice for those students before they board buses.
Marty the Mustang and friends yesterday thanked custodian Bill Schaller for building the Little Library (and pantry) that's in front of the school.
  • Seventh-graders: There's an Anti-Vaping Poster Contest with prizes and the details are here.
  • Adult/Continuing Ed and the district's Department of Race and Equity are seeking creative contributions in a Juneteenth contest with prizes. Here are the details.
... and while on the subject of Adult Ed, they have distributed their latest newsletter. Click here to check it out.
People And Places

Better Manchester has a story about the 'radical form of activism' touted by Ryan Parker and Justis Lopez. You can read it here.

Mayor Jay Moran, Jana Tierney (a Rebuilding Together board member) and Molly Devanney (the RT executive director) were among the many who were doing cleanup and more last Saturday. There are more photos here.

At right is Malcolm Barlow during last Thursday's Earth Day celebration at Case Mountain. The Manchester Land Conservation Trust FB page has more.
News And Notes
Students entering grades 9-12 next fall are invited to apply to serve on the Manchester Youth Commission and be part of an effort to be catalysts for change within the community. All the info is here.
  • Baby-sitting lessons: Learn the skills necessary to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. This Red Cross course is being offered at the YSB. Click for details.
  • Summer camp registration: You can log on starting May 3 to sign up. Click for details.
  • Mahoney murals: For information, please click here.
  • Butterfly Stroll: Artists needed. Read more here.

MHS teams are reaching midseason (that's Leila Affini and Jason Bourcier above) but the Illing track team had its first meet just yesterday.  We have lots more photos on FB.
Calendar, Etc.
Check out our OneManchester planner for more.
Taken At The Top
MHS had a student-staff hike at Case Mountain on Saturday, giving seniors Mia Hwang, Alexandria McDowell, Sam Mushinski and Tiffany Henry a chance to bond away from the high school.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017, is always free, and has not been hacked since Sept. 12, 2019, Want to subscribe? Just click here