Bridgeport – Chances are their kids will be out of Harding long before a new Harding High School is open. Nevertheless a cafeteria filled with parents, staff and community members got a first glimpse Wednesday evening of a site plan for the proposed school.
Representatives from Antinozzi Associates, architects of the project, along with Schools Superintendent Paul Vallas and several members of Mayor Bill Finch’s staff made the presentation and answered questions.
Also in attendance were a number of tradesmen and carpenters hopeful the new construction project will bring jobs to the community.
Plans call for the new $78 million school to be built on 17 acres of the former GE Plant at 1285 Boston Ave. The new school would face Bond Street. It would have a medical and science theme. It will be at least three years before the school will be ready. In the meantime, Vallas said improvements will be made to the present Harding.
There are about 1200 students at Harding now. The new school is being built for 800 students. Vallas said there will be fewer students because the district will have more high school choices.
According to Adam Wood, Finch’s chief of staff, GE is donating the property to the city and has promised to pay for the cleanup of soil at the former industrial site.