Rally planned at Hartford elementary school

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Furious parents of students at Hartford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School said they will protest the planned closure of the popular old building.

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Furious parents of students at Hartford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School said they will protest the planned closure of the popular old building.

It’s a move the district blames on a lack of money to renovate the MLK school.

It’s also a decision that is not sitting well with parents or their children. Parents have said they feel their children are being ripped from their beloved school and thrust into the basement of the fox school–across the street.

Hartford’s school superintendent says the move which will happen this summer, is the result of an outdated building the district cannot afford to renovate. MLK has stood for about 100 years. Now boiler problems are forcing the building to undergo a renovation.

Some parents feel the move to Fox Middle School will ruin a community spirit built within MLK over the years. Roughly 100 community leaders and neighbors welcomed students on their first day of this school this year.

The move impacts about 300 students.

Community leaders and teachers said they will be protesting at MLK at 12:45 p.m.

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