Danbury leaders inspired by Nashville career academies journey

DANBURY – Mayor Dean Esposito looked into the eyes of Nashville high school students and saw Danbury’s future.

“We’ve seen a lot of kids take pride in what they’re doing,” Esposito said of a three-day trip to Tennessee last week with schools Superintendent Kevin Walston to observe the career academies Nashville launched 16 years ago. “The whole student body was so active, and into it, and so proud.”

He helped Esposito see Danbury’s transformation possible by reorganizing high school education into smaller career academies where each student is on an individualized path to college or a job after graduation.

The Nashville trip comes a month after Danbury broke ground on West Middle School and High School, where two of the district’s six career academies will be located when the doors open for the 2025-2026 school year.

“What I’ve seen in Tennessee is that Nashville is 100 percent engaged with this process,” Esposito said. “I see it as the future of this city.”

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