Could expanding Abbott Tech help ease overcrowding at Danbury High? Student demand is high

As the local school district grapples with surging student enrollment and overcrowding at Danbury High School, local leaders have considered whether expanding Henry Abbott Technical High School could help resolve the issues. Expansion is possible, according to the leader of the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System, which oversees Abbott and 16 other technical high schools statewide. However, several factors need to be considered — including the costs of construction and additional staffing — if that were to become a reality. The technical high school system receives “solid support” from Gov. Ned Lamont, whose “initiative around workforce development translates directly to what we’re doing,” Solek said. But the statewide school system isn’t the only recipient of state funding. Danbury is the largest of the more than 20 municipalities Abbott Tech serves, with New Milford as the second largest. In comparison, Danbury High School’s graduation rate for the 2021-22 school year was 80.8 percent, according to the most recent state data.

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