Thea Digiammerino

Ansonia and Derby Consider Combining School Districts

On Monday a regionalization committee picked a consultant to study a possible merger between the Ansonia and Derby school districts.

The committee chose Boston-based District Management Group. It will spend 18 months looking at everything from enrollment to transportation to money.

Ultimately, voters would get to weigh in on any plan.

“When the electorate gets to see everything, the pros and cons, I think they’ll be able to make an educated decision and what happened tonight is really the first step,” said Jim Gildea, the committee co-chair from Derby.

“What we’re looking for for our students are better outcomes. It’s no secret we are a challenged district, both Derby and Ansonia,” added John Izzo, committee co-chair from Ansonia.

Negotiations are still underway for the cost of the study. There is grant money available.

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