Danbury’s $208M school plan, including career academy, one step closer to public vote

The city’s roughly $208 million plan to manage its overcrowded school system with improvements and new construction cleared another hurdle after a sparsely attended public hearing this week. The money will cover a $164 million career academy, which would house a high school and middle school, a new pre-kindergarten academy, and improvements at various other district schools. While the public hearing lasted just five minutes, the ensuing council committee discussion lasted more than an hour, with council members asking intricate and basic questions of the city finance director, corporation council, and public works director. Ultimately, the committees unanimously voted to send the spending package to City Council. If the state reimburses at its full rate — 80 percent and 63 percent — the city can expect to only shoulder nearly $50 million of the total $208 million.


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