Will They Discover The Money?

Mayor Bill Finch and Superintendent of Schools John Ramos, in a joint media event today, announced the temporary site for the regional Discovery Magnet School.

When will the new facility open? The media advisory below states January 2011. But if the Board of Education doesn’t achieve millions in union concessions from teachers and administrators, the opening could be delayed.


When: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Time: 2:30pm

The Discovery Museum
4450 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT

At a press conference on Thursday, April 8th, at 2:30pm at The Discovery Museum located at 4450 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, CT, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John J. Ramos, Sr., Ed.D., Mayor Bill Finch and Board of Education President, Barbara Bellinger, will announce the launch of the Discovery Inter-district Magnet School’s temporary location along with plans for fall enrollment.

The temporary location for the school will be at Ahavath Achim on 1571 Stratfield Road in Fairfield, CT. Currently, 3 Kindergarten classes are scheduled to open in the fall, along with 6 pre-kindergarten classes; the pre-k classes will admit 3 and 4 year-old children. All are full-day programs. Each classroom will be comprised of 14 children.

The anticipated move to the newly built Discovery Inter-district Magnet School which will be housed on the campus of the Discovery Museum is scheduled for January 2011.

Announcement Speakers will include:

Dr. John J. Ramos, Superintendent Bridgeport Public Schools

Mayor Bill Finch

Barbara Bellinger, President Board of Education

Jeffrey N. Bishop, Discovery Museum Interim Executive Director

Claire Gold, Educational Consultant

Discovery School’s enrollment percentage will be 70% Bridgeport students and 30% students from the surrounding communities of: Easton/Redding, Fairfield, Monroe, Shelton, Seymour, Stratford, and Trumbull. Transportation will be provided for the kindergarten children only. Before-school care is available at a fee.

Applications for fall enrollment are available at each school district and online. For Bridgeport students, applications are also available at:

Board of Education
45 Lyon Terrace, Suite 203
Bridgeport, CT

Department of Pupil Services and Student Assignments

948 Main Street, 1st Fl
Bridgeport, CT

Applications are due Friday, April 23rd, and an electronic lottery by grade level will be held on Friday, May 7th. Parents will be notified of selection on Friday, May 14th.



  1. Are you suggesting that someone was dealt an inside straight?
    Or somebody was on the inside of a straight deal?
    Or somebody was in on an inside deal?
    What is it ripper?

  2. We are taking on this additional cost to open up a school for 84 3- and 4-year-old children? In Fairfield? Of which 59 will come from Bridgeport but no transportation? Am I misreading this?
    My read says it is a daycare center for kids from the ‘burbs the Bridgeport taxpayers are going to be responsible for.

  3. Grin of course they could have found space in Bridgeport. The little darlings from the ‘burbs will go to the Discovery Museum area but do you think they would go to one of the schools located inside the city? I bet there is a rabbi who is connected to the administration involved in this deal. It never stops.

  4. *** With this economy & the way this admin. moves, along with the overall ways things are done in Bpt. “I’ll believe it when I see it!” Besides, BOE rumors have Ramos researching a possible future job buy-out if the pot of gold is right & future plans & opportunities present themselves @ the end of the rainbow? *** Question, what’s more important, or in the city’s best interests? Build this Discovery School in a year then transfer Harding students there on a temp. basis to get started immediately on demolition & a new Harding High on site? Or just going ahead with the original plans for the Discovery School and hoping for a 30% enrollment from towns outside of Bpt. etc. to help share the cost of the new school in general, which Bpt kicks in anywhere from 5 to 20% of the building’s cost. However, that percentage does not factor in the overall “$” for maint., staffing, transportation, security, utilities, food, insurance, taxes, etc.? *** Time will Tell *** Does the so-called Bpt Census tee-shirt give-away party really think this P/R gimmick is going to work? Inquiring Minds will be watching for the masses of citizens & illegal aliens lining up! *** “¿Dónde están las Coronas?” ***


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