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Trumbull Town Council to Mull Quarry Road Lease

The plot of land was part of the deal reached with the state and Bridgeport regarding the Interdistrict Magnet School.

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.

raymond jaroszewski December 13, 2012 at 05:13 PM
The town should not lease this property , this property has been used as a town garage by Bridgeport for many years, there has been under ground gas storage , trucks parking on dirt and grass areas leaking fuel and fluids for many years. There are also wetlands on this property . The large garage facility will need to be taken down and there will need to environmental remediation done to this site . This will cost a lot of money. Where is Tim Herbst going to get this money ? From the state or from Trumbull tax payers? Truth is there are already plans to use this property as part of the rails to trails grand plan, these plans and ideas have been on the books long before Tim Herbst became first selectman and screwed up negotiations on the Magnet school proposition. The rails to Trails on that property is..... not Tim's idea So Tim wants to pay money to the state to lease a piece of property from the state , a piece of properety that is within Trumbulls border. The state should lease it from us. Truth be told Rails to Trails was/is going to happen on this property with or without Tim Herbst, and Trumbull need not spend money leasing it from the state. Tim Herbst is trying to save face at Trumbull's expense tell the town council to VOTE NO!
raymond jaroszewski December 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
All the property in question was parkland and was in Trumbull way before the Magnet School became news. Rails to trails was a working plan before Tim Herbst came to be selectman. The magnet School has resulted in a net loss for for parklands in Trumbull. Tim Herbst is engageing in a political slight of hand , Tim Herbst cost this town millions of dollars and a hundred seats in the resulting Magnet school.

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