Danbury earns grant to cover 80 percent of $164M career academy: ‘remarkable opportunity’

The city has officially earned a state grant that will cover 80 percent of the expected $164 million cost for its proposed career academy. It’s an achievement for the proposed landmark school that would serve about 1,400 middle and high school students and be constructed at the former Cartus Corp. property. Approval of the grant comes about a month before the June 7 referendum where residents will vote on borrowing money for the project as part of a $208 million package for school projects and improvements. City and education officials see the school as a way to reduce overcrowding at the growing middle and high schools. Danbury’s enrollment has risen rapidly, and the city’s building projects have been unable to keep up. This time, it was easier to get the money included in the state budget, Arconti said. The administration was on board, and officials had negotiated with the state Department of Administrative Services to get it in. The language related to the pilot program in the 2020 legilsation is now nullified, he said.


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