A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Stamford Thursday for J.M. Wright Technical High School. The high school has been closed since 2009. Officials say the building will be gutted and fully renovated into a state of the art school.
“This school represents 90 million dollars of opportunity, it represents 200,000 square feet of possibility for our students,” says Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor.
“This is a down payment on a very different future, for the technical high school system, for all of our high schools, for our community colleges and higher education,” says Governor Dannel Malloy. “We’re gonna get this right, we’re gonna win this battle, we’re gonna grow our economy, we’re gonna add jobs, and this is an investment that allows that to happen in the future.”
“One of the things that will make this school very unique is the technology rich environment,” says Interim Superintendent of Connecticut’s Technical High School System. “For the first time in our technical high schools, students will have one to one computing, a digitized curriculum, and the opportunity to explore a blended learning environment.”
Torres says the high school will focus on STEM learning and preparing students for the future.
“It’s really a new vision for career and technical education in the state,” says Torres. “Our focus is on creating a career academy aligned to post secondary institutions in the Southwestern region of the state. If they’re ready for more challenging courses, whether it’s at this school or in a post-secondary institution, then we certainly encourage that and that leads to dual credit and dual enrollment which is our ultimate goal.”
“My theme all along has been one of options for students,” says Winnie Hamilton, Superintendent of Stamford Public Schools. “This is a wonderful opportunity, one size doesn’t fit all.”
Officials says the school will be able to accommodate over 500 students.
“Starting in the fall of 2014, we’ll start with a class of 144 students for ninth grade and then we’ll build progressively each year,” says Torres.
Torres says a principal will be selected within the next few weeks. The school will be ready to re-open in the fall of 2014.