In 2012 the Windsor Board of Education implemented an elementary school reorganization that changed the boundaries for full day kindergarten programs within the district. The kindergarten programs were placed in other school facilities therefore the classroom space at the Wolcott Early Childhood School was no longer needed. In the summer of 2013 the Board of Education voted to turn over the control of the building to the Windsor Town Council. Since that time the building has been partially occupied by Team Paragon a community based not-for profit organization.
Re-use of Roger Wolcott Facility
On December 10, 2014 town staff hosted a community meeting at the Wolcott School to receive input regarding possible re-uses of the building. Approximately 20 persons attended the meeting and provided a range of ideas. Below is a recap of the re-use ideas.
- Early Childhood School for 3 and 4 year olds
- Elderly Assisted Housing
- Mixed Use of Early Childhood School and Elderly Assisted Housing
- Public Pre-School – infant through 4 year olds
- Family Services Center and Early Childhood School
- Small Business Incubator Center
- Lease Building to Capitol Region Education Council for autism program
- Sell Building to Capitol Region Education Council for autism program
- Allow robotics team to continue partial use of building
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The present town owned site at Windsor Ave and East Wolcott, has housed a school building since 1856. The first school was built and operated by the First School Society and there has been three other schools on the site since then. One was built in 1916, the third in 1926 and the current building was constructed in 1967. The attached picture is circa 1965 and is looking north to south along Windsor Avenue. The first structure is the 1926 building and second two story building was built in 1916.
Feel free to share your memories of the various Wolcott Schools as well as the Wilson neighborhood.
Photo courtesy of Windsor Historical Society