The Danbury Public School district is renovating a former Catholic school in Brookfield to house 11 classes of Kindergartners later this month. The $200,000 project is adding classrooms for music, art, special education and English as a second language. New floors and a burglar alarm are also being installed. $650,000 worth of furniture has been ordered for the school, including 240 student desks and a desk and bookcase for each teacher.
The 11 classrooms are being moved from to Ellsworth Avenue, Stadley Rough or South Street elementary schools to alleviate overcrowding in those buildings.
Family, School & Community Partnerships Director Dr Anne Mead says for families that don't drive, but need before and after school care through the extended learning program, students will go to their home school for 7am care. They would then take a bus to the Danbury Primary Center in Brookfield. If they're enrolled the afternoon, they would get off that same bus.
Parents have requested bus monitors, which would cost between $350,000 to $400,000.