Letter – Is it time to outsource Derby High School?

With Derby high School graduating only 62 senior graduates this year — isn’t it time for Derby officials to be thinking about a cost-saving-outsourcing of Derby High School to a neighboring city? Even Emmett O’Brien Technical School, which formerly shared their football program with Derby High School in recent years, graduated 115 students.

In a similar circumstance, considering the current State of Connecticut budget crunch, it would be prudent for state officials to consider merging Emmett O’Brien with nearby Platt Technical High School in Milford if Emmett O’Brien had only graduated 62 students. The small, land-locked City of Derby appears to need to evaluate a similar alternative.

Shelton leads valley area High Schools with 1379 students, followed by Naugatuck with 1214 students. Platt Tech has 821 students, followed by Seymour with 765 students, Woodland Regional with 616 students, Oxford with 591 students and Emmett O’Brien with 540 students Ansonia High has 539 high school students.

The enrollment information on Derby High School will not be available until July 8.

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  • Hawthorne

    The city missed the boat when the old Derby jocks raised a ruckus about building a co-op HS w/Ansonia because of football and now we see the results of that stupidity. Pretty soon the city will start looking at merging the kids from the brand new middle school back into DHS to save on utilities etc when just a little bit of creative thinking back then could have saved the taxpayers millions of dollars. I’ll predict that at some point the eastside kids will go to Amity or Ansonia HS and the downtown/westsiders go to Shelton……

  • Nix1

    Doesn’t anyone at the Gazette fact-check things before printing them, or at least at an Editorial comment? Those figures are wrong and probably a decade old. The latest enrollment numbers from the state are as follows:

    Ansonia HS: 732
    Derby HS: 385
    Emmett O’Brien: 520
    Oxford HS: 629
    Seymour HS: 642
    Shelton HS: 1546
    Woodland HS: 779

    I agree that Ansonia & Derby should join at the high school level. In fact, the entire Valley should look into forming a regional school system, with multiple high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools, but with one superintendent, one business manager, etc. This would cut down on costs and achieve greater economies of scale. It’s all possible, but no one here has the will power to do what’s right.

    • Donald Eng

      The figures he cited appear to come from an educational resource website.

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