Danbury leaders scrap middle school in revised Career Academy plan due to high school overcrowding

The former Cartus Corp. building would be used solely as a high school and not for grades 6-8, if the Board of Education adopts school officials’ new plan for the building. The building that formerly housed the Cartus Corp. is slated to open in the 2025-26 school year, three years after city voters approved a $208 million education bonding package that included a $164 million plan for the school. Now, under the plan outlined by interim schools Superintendent Kara Casimiro Wednesday night, the building could serve 1,400 high school students instead. It would still house the district’s central administration. Casimiro cited the immediate need to reduce Danbury High School’s severe overcrowding. At the same time, the city’s middle school enrollment has remained high, but has been manageable, Casimiro said.


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