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.
BRIDGEPORT PUBLIC SCHOOLS LAUNCHES TEMPORARY LOCATION FOR THE NEW DISCOVERY INTER-DISTRICT MAGNET SCHOOL
When: Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Discovery Museum
4450 Park Avenue
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
Department of Pupil Services and Student Assignments
948 Main Street, 1st Fl
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.