Members of the bipartisan Danbury state legislative delegation have written to the state Education Commissioner requesting he visit Danbury to tour the schools and discuss overcrowding issues and long standing state underfunding. Representative David Arconti says Miguel Cardona has accepted the invitation and he looks forward to hosting him in the near future.
Over the past decade, Danbury has experienced a 17-percent enrollment increase. The district serves over 11,000 students and over 3,00 of those students attend Danbury High School. There's been a 10-percent enrollment increase over the last 5 years alone. This year, Danbury's enrollment was estimated to go up by 2.8 percent, but increased by 4 percent.
58-percent of all district students quality for free or reduced price lunch, and over 26-percent come from homes where English is a second language.
According to Danbury Public Schools facilities' capacity numbers, 7 elementary schools, two middle schools and the high school are all currently operating at over 100 percent capacity.