In a few short years, the Capitol Region Education Council's reach has expanded to thousands of Hartford students who attend its 15 magnet schools.
Now the Hartford school system intends to leap outside city borders to take over one of them — the Great Path Academy, an interdistrict magnet high school at Manchester Community College that CREC has managed since 2004.
Hartford's school board voted in January to authorize school administrators to negotiate a contract with MCC that would start in July. The board needs to approve any final agreement.
The selection process has inflamed an ongoing turf war between the state's largest community college and the Greater Hartford education agency.