Stamford adult education program gets new home
STAMFORD — After months of uncertainty, the Adult Education Center has a new home.
The boards of finance and representatives voted this week to approve a lease agreement with the Old Town Hall Redevelopment Agency, as the district moves the adult education program from Holy Name of Jesus Church and Cloonan Middle School.
The approval comes after a disruption at the Board of Finance meeting last month, when two members prevented a vote by walking out.
Republicans Sal Gabriele and Shelley Michelson remained against the agreement on Tuesday, casting opposing votes for the second time. However, Board of Finance Vice Chairwoman Mary Lou Rinaldi abstained from voting to avoid another tie and allow for the lease to be approved.
Several Holy Name parishioners and employees spoke out at the meeting against the lease. The Adult Education Center has been operating its day classes out of Holy Name of Jesus Church for nearly 20 years, while the night classes have been held at Cloonan Middle School. The move to Old Town Hall consolidates the program into one facility.
The Adult and Continuing Education program will occupy the entire first floor as well as a few rooms on the lower level and third floor at Old Town Hall, according to a Stamford Public Schools statement released Wednesday.
Superintendent of Schools Earl Kim has said the new lease represents a $2 million savings for the city over the 10-year agreement, which includes two additional five-year options. The district has spent about $220,000 annually to run the adult education program out of Holy Name and Cloonan Middle School.
Old Town Hall is asking for $169,870 in rent for the first year and $217,300 for the second year followed by 2.5 percent annual increases.
The district’s Enrichment and High School Credit Diploma courses will remain at Rippowam Center on High Ridge Road.
For more information about programs, courses and registration, visit www.stamfordadulted.com.