Hyde to remain in North Haven next year, move to Hillhouse in 2015-16

Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries informed the BOE on Monday that Hyde School of Health Sciences and Sports Medicine will remain at the North Haven Gateway campus for the 2014-15 school year. Harries also informed the board that he made a firm decision to move Hyde to the Hillhouse High School campus for the 2015-16 school year.
Through the course of the next year, stakeholders within the school will be involved in planning for the transition to the new location and for how the space will be configured. The decision creates an exciting opportunity that will allow students at Hyde to take advantage of specialized spaces designed for the health sciences and sports medicine theme, as well as high-level science labs. Hyde will exist within a self-contained space on the Hillhouse campus, with a separate entrance to the school and its own signage.
The decision to relocate Hyde involved careful consideration of feedback provided by the school community – including parents, students and staff – as well as thinking about district finances and what will be best for the future of the school. There will also be opportunities in the coming year to visit similar campus models.
Harries has committed to parents to keep Hyde School open and to work to ensure it is successful into the future. He also stressed that Hyde and Hillhouse will remain separate and distinct schools.
“We believe that Hyde can thrive in this new location and a year of collaborative planning will ensure we get the transition right,” Superintendent Harries said. “We have a lot of work to do over the next year, but we are confident that we can build a strong, vibrant future for Hyde on the Hillhouse campus.”
Letters are being sent home to parents at Hyde and Hillhouse to inform them of and explain the decision. The letter to Hillhouse parents will also include information about the planned redesign of the school and the creation of autonomous academies next year.