I wonder if Republican Town Councilman Chad Ciocci had his head up his butt when he recently puked up inflammatory remarks about Bridgeport regarding the building of a regional magnet school. Ciocci made the remarks before Bridgeport and Trumbull officials came to an apparent agreement for a border change to place the school in Bridgeport. From Ciocci:
On a related note, I urge everyone who is enticed by the idea that some Trumbull students will be able to attend this school to think twice. It strikes me that if this school is built that we will have sacrificed a neighborhood in the name of giving a handful of Trumbull students an inadequate education when they could receive a more than reputable one at our own high school. Remember, regardless of the fact that this school will be located in Trumbull, students will be receiving a Bridgeport education. Parents, would you send your child to any of Bridgeport’s other high schools? Of course not! That this school will be new and beautiful does not negate the fact that it will be run by Bridgeport’s failed board of education.
This high school is bad for its Trumbull neighborhood, bad for Trumbull students and just plain bad for Trumbull.
Democratic State Senator Anthony Musto who represents Bridgeport, Trumbull and Monroe, responds:
“Councilman Ciocci’s essay comes very close to a blanket condemnation of the city of Bridgeport, its education system, and its residents. This letter is insulting, shortsighted, and generally alarmist, and should be repudiated by Trumbull’s administration as such. What Councilman Ciocci is really saying is that this particular school undermines a neighborhood, and it leaves you asking what the councilman is getting at. Is it that Bridgeport students would be attending the school? If so, Councilman Ciocci should be specific about his objections.”
Good for Anthony Musto!
Was Ciocci on crack when he frothed so eloquently against the city? In doing so he trashes every Bridgeport student and the thousands of success stories. He can trash the Bridgeport BOE all he wants. In fact, if the state of Connecticut wants to run the city school system, be my guest. But to castigate a regional school attended by Bridgeport students a failure reinforces suburban myopia against the city. Bridgeport’s regional aquaculture school is a success story.
More than any other suburb, Trumbull relies on the services of Bridgeport. When Ciocci gets sick will he go to Trumbull Hospital? When his domestic trash is picked up does it end up at a Trumbull land fill? When he takes a dump in the morning is it processed at Trumbull’s sewage treatment plant? If he ever becomes homeless will he end up at a Trumbull homeless shelter? When he must register his vehicle will he go to the Trumbull DMV?
Oh, here’s an idea for Ciocci: when you’re sick stay home, process your own garbage and sewage, build your own homeless shelter, keep your car in Trumbull and build an alligator moat around your house. That way you’ll only have to worry about all those Trumbull people from Bridgeport.