Danbury students are getting ready to head back to school on Monday. Superintendent Dr Sal Pascarella says the District is growing at a much more rapid rate than neighboring school districts. This year alone, Danbury is expected to welcome more than 800 new kindergarteners and more than 250 other new students.
Danbury had one of the longest summer breaks that they've had in recent years because only one snow day was used. School was out for the session on June 8th. Pascarella says teachers are setting up their classrooms. Returning teachers start Friday. New teachers who replace retirees, along with opening a third level for the new middle school, started yesterday.
There are four new school principals, three of whom are from within the district. Dan Donovan, principal of the Danbury High School Freshman Academy, is now the principal of Danbury High School, replacing Gary Bocaccio who retired this year. Dr. Edie Thomas of Pembroke School will head Broadview Middle School, replacing Edward Robbs who retired this summer after 50 years as an educator. Dr. Alison
Villaneuva, interim principal of Shelter Rock Elementary School following the retirement of Julia Horne, will remain at Shelter Rock as its principal. Bethel native Dr. Sharon Epple, a former principal in the Hartford Public Schools, will take the helm at Pembroke.
There is a new bus contract, but with the same provider so the routes remain pretty much the same as in previous years. Some adjustments have been made to accommodate out of district magnet school students.
Danbury is getting a new fleet of buses next year. They will be larger than the current buses. The district is moving from gasoline powered buses to ones that run off propane. Pascarella says that should save the district money on fuel costs.