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Monday's Public Hearing

Danbury voters will decide on school expansions, bridge repairs, sewer and water upgrades and library renovations in the November election.

The City Council conducted a Public Hearing and a Special Meeting on the Vision 2020 Bond Package Monday night.

I asked that $44 million be programmed for renovations and additions to 4 schools: Stadley Rough, Park Ave, and Shelter Rock, and Mill Ridge Intermediate.

Approxiamtely 53% of the $44 million will be reimbursed by the State of Connecticut.

If approved, each of these buildings will be upgraded and expanded to accommodate the expected influx of students we will see over the next 10 years, and provide the space necessary to offer All-Day Kindergarten to all of Danbury's students.

Mill Ridge Intermediate will be converted into a building that will house middle school students and two academies, the STEM Academy currently housed at Rogers Park Middle School, and a new Academy modeled on our popular International Academy that is currently offered to grades K-5.

In addition, we held Public Hearings on modest borrowings for our Sewer Plant and for our Water Plant as well as important infrastructure repairs (bridges, drainage, and library improvements).

I have asked that each repair/building program be broken into 4 questions for consideration by the voters.

The four questions were approved Monday night, so they will be placed on the November ballot for a final vote by the voters of Danbury.

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Semmas August 22, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Just wondering - what's causing such an influx of young people in the Danbury area? Are they also in Ridgefield and other surrounding towns?
Mark Langlois (Editor) August 22, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I've heard lots of reasons. Inexpensive real estate in Danbury, good schools, low crime, high employment, and many people are leaving Westchester County because it is so expensive. (I mention Westchester because some parents I met from Shelter Rock gave all those above reasons for moving from Westchester.)
Mark Boughton August 22, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Semmas- In addition, the demand for programming space is up. In the 70's we had more students in our district, with less buildings. But, state and federal mandates have eaten up classroom space. Computer labs have also taken a number of classrooms off line.
--- August 22, 2012 at 03:47 PM
High employment? http://danbury.patch.com/articles/danbury-unemployment-rises-with-rest-of-ct-to-worst-percent-of-year

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