While middle and high school students being their first day of the new school year Tuesday, the Glastonbury-East Hartford Elementary Magnet School will open its doors to visitors for the first time during a grand opening celebration.
The Glastonbury school system, along with the East Hartford school system and the Capitol Region Education Council, are holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday for the brand new science-themed school.
The magnet school focuses on science and technology, and has outgrown its current space in East Hartford. Enrollment is expected to be 386 students when the school opens. It is expected to eventually hold 435 students, Glastonbury Superintendent Alan Bookman said.
The new 68,000-square-foot building will include a glassed-in science wall in the entrance hall with fish tanks, TV screens, and weather stations. The floor will include images of the solar system. The school will eventually include a planetarium, which will not be open for a few more months.
The ceremony will start with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by welcoming remarks, including speeches from Bookman, school board Chairwoman Susan Karp, Town Manager Richard J. Johnson, Town Council Chairman Chip Beckett III, East Hartford board of education Chairman Jeffrey Currey, former East Hartford town Councilman Bob Damaschi and magnet school principal Glen Peterson.