Background: During Monday night's meeting, the Bridgeport Board of Education voted in favor of approving the site plan for a new Harding High School on the former General Electric site bounded by Boston Avenue and Bond Street. In response, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch made the following statement:
“We congratulate the Board of Education for approving a critical step for this important project. As the father of two kids currently attending Bridgeport public schools, I know first-hand what children and families are dealing with every single day. And it’s unfortunate that the kids currently attending Harding High School are stuck with inadequate facilities that are not providing them with the world-class learning environment they deserve.
"But we can change this by building a new Harding High School. The new school will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that provide kids in the East Side and East End with the high-quality learning environment they need to thrive. In turn, it will help ensure more Bridgeport kids are prepared for college and to compete for 21st century jobs."