The town is poised to lease riverside Quarry Road property, across the road from the Interdistrict Magnet School, pending Town Council approval.
The council is holding a special meeting today at 8:30 p.m. in Town Hall.
The lease would close a chapter begun in April 2011 when the state approved moving the boundary of Fairchild Memorial Park, off Quarry Road, to put it in Bridgeport as the site of the Magnet High School.
First Selectman Tim Herbst called the deal a "land swap" because Trumbull got the right to lease Bridgeport-controlled land across the street. The parcel contains storage for Bridgeport parks equipment.
The parcel could be used to connect the path that runs from Trumbull Center to Bridgeport.
But the deal has come under fire from school supporters who said Trumbull stood to gain money and recognition from having the school on town property.
The Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet Campus, dedicated to science for ninth- to 12th-graders, is scheduled to open in September 2013 to students from Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Milford, Monroe, Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull. The application deadline is January 30, 2013, and the form is here. Trumbull could have as many as 50 seats. Seventy percent of students will come from Bridgeport.
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The campus will include three schools: Information Technology and Software Engineering; Zoological Science, Research and Biotechnology; Physical Sciences, Engineering and Aerospace/Hydrospace.
According to the Website "Only in Bridgeport," student enrollment will be by application.
“Final selection will be determined by lottery and the size of student population of the sending town. Applications will be posted and available online at www.bridgeportedu.net. Applications will also be available at each respective board of education office,” the site states.
Meanwhile, the Board of Education will hold a meeting about magnet school applications and other details Jan. 2, 2013 at 10:15 a.m. in the Board Room of Long Hill Administration Building.