Dated fire-alarm system to be replaced; construction to begin at year’s end


Shannon Ahearn

The cafeteria will be expanded out to the pillars to allow more room for students.

Katie Clark, Staff Writer

When students return in the fall, the buzzing noise in the front lobby will hopefully have been silenced.

After multiple instances where the fire alarm would continuously go off during the school day, principal Gary Bocaccio is relieved to announce that there have been no current issues.

However, the system will be taken out and updated at the end of this current school year.

According to Bocaccio, the system will be put in June 10th, the day after the last day of school.

Estimated to be around 15-20 years old, Bocaccio explains that the new system will “eliminate the buzzing in the main lobby as well as place sprinkler systems throughout all rooms in the building.”

But that’s not all to happen, as construction is set to start on the expansion approved by voters last year. The construction is to include a Freshman Academy building.

By August, the foundation for the building will be set and all construction is hoped to be finished by the 2018-2019 school year.

“The new addition will provide students and teachers with much needed space,” Bocaccio states. “It will improve technology, and security as well as allow teachers to teach in a more advanced learning environment.”

Along with the freshman building, there will be new roofs put in for D and E buildings, and two generators in A and D building that could power the entire school if a power outage occurred.

The cafeteria is also planned to be expanded out to the pillars in the courtyard.

Sophomore Kyle Krohomer says that it’s a good idea to expand the cafeteria.

“I like that idea because it gives students more space to eat,” he states. “They should also add more tables because it seems necessary for the growing DHS population.”

“Most people are excited for the renovations,” Bocaccio says. “They are in anticipation of the new building and are eager to see when it is all complete.”

The city is one of the few still growing in the state of Connecticut and Danbury High School is the largest school in the state, with 3,000 students.

The needed construction will supplement the school with resources to accommodate the increase in students set to come in the next few years.

One of those resources will be a new 10,000-gallon oil tank that will provide “adequate heat throughout the winter.” Bocaccio said an average tank hold 6,000 gallons.

“It’s exciting to do this renovation because it will provide for the new students who will be coming to Danbury High School,” Bocaccio states.

As for the noise level during construction, Bocaccio reassures students and parents that workers will do their best to not disrupt classroom learning.

“There will be some excessive noise but we hired professionals who know what they are doing and who will take the necessary measures to be as effective as possible,” he said.

Safety is also a priority as fences and barriers will be used to block off sites and materials.

Summer school classes will be moved to other locations but the building will remain open over the summer for fall registration.

Some sports teams will be able to practice around the construction depending on their schedule and type of practice.

A recent topic of conversation has been whether the stadium will remain open for graduations as there was speculation on moving graduations to another location.

The stadium, however, will remain open for any future graduations.

“I can assure you that the stadium will remain open for students to graduate and that there will be no future issues,” Bocaccio says.