Hartford schools chief appoints team to help Syrian families

Hartford schools chief appoints team to help Syrian families.

Dannel Malloy
FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy smiles as he thanks supporters at the State House in Hartford. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The superintendent of schools in Hartford has appointed a team to coordinate assistance for any Syrian refugee families that come to live in the district.

Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez says the school system has a strong tradition of welcoming refugee families from countries around the world.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this week affirmed the state’s commitment to receiving Syrian refugees despite security concerns expressed by other governors following the terror attacks in Paris.

The team appointed by Schiavino-Narvaez includes staff from Hartford public schools and Catholic Charities of Hartford. It will help enroll children in Hartford schools and offer other support services.

Catholic Charities is the resettlement agency for refugee services in the City of Hartford.

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