What Students Will Get to Attend the Danbury Career Academy? It Might Come Down to a Lottery
The early questions were can they pull it off? What will it cost, and where will it go?
Now that Danbury's Career Academy has a location and projected costs, the new question will be, who gets to attend? Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito joined the Ethan and Lou Show on Friday (3/11/22) and we asked him what the method will be for making this decision? The Mayor responded with the following:
"We talked about that early on because it's going to be such a popular location, right? I heard someone say, 'I want to go to the shiny new school.' But, I'm working directly with our Superintendent Kevin Walston on that process.
I haven't nailed it down yet but they talked about a lottery or, you know it's a general school, so it's going to be students from throughout the city of Danbury. It's not going to be just the West side."
Later the Mayor made clear that while, the physical location will be "shiny" and new, it does not mean that the new curriculum won't make it to the rest of the schools in Danbury. Esposito said:
"Just to reassure you, the curriculum under the Career Academy curriculum type scenario, they are looking to interject that into the existing high school as well, some type of that. So, we see that as the future of education, giving the students the opportunity to look into other options besides just going directly to college."
Look, if we can safely agree that all parents want the best for their children, then we can agree that many of the parents of Danbury will insist their child should go to the new Career Academy, it's just how I know it's going to shake out. The new school is going to have a finite amount of students that it can accept, so it's going to be the hottest ticket in town.
Whatever method the city and school board use to develop the student body, it needs to be transparent.
Below is our interview with Danbury Mayor Dean Esposito. Click on the player below.