Bridgeport and Trumbull officials, brokered by Andrew McDonald, Governor Dannel Malloy’s chief legal counsel, have agreed to a border change to pave the way for a 1,500-student regional science magnet school. As a result of the agreement the school will be located in Bridgeport proper. The state legislature is expected to take up approval of the land use agreement in an emergency vote Wednesday. Mayor Bill Finch hopes the vote will pass so that the city can move ahead with regulatory approvals and school construction. From the mayor:
Statement from Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch re: Magnet HS Border Change proposal
“The Interdistrict Magnet School border change proposal comes up for a vote tomorrow (Wednesday, April 13) before the state Legislature, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Legislative delegation for their careful attention to this matter, which is very important for both communities.
“I also want to extend my thanks to Andrew McDonald, Governor Malloy’s counsel who has helped both parties work through the details and come to an acceptable compromise.
“Our goal from the outset has never wavered–the Fairchild-Wheeler Multi-Magnet High School will be a state-of-the-art school offering a top-notch educational opportunity to hundreds of Bridgeport students and students from around the region.
“Both Trumbull and Bridgeport derive enormous public benefit from moving forward with this much-needed high school. Both communities also stand to lose a great deal if we don’t get this done, namely over $100 million in state construction funds and hundreds of good jobs for Bridgeport and Trumbull residents. I look forward to a positive outcome by our state Legislators so we can get this project up and running.”