Lamont gives Harding High a shout out as he takes office

January 9, 2019

HARTFORD — Bridgeport’s Harding High School got a shout out at the start of Gov. Ned Lamont’s inaugural address on Wednesday.

“From here, we march to the Capitol with the Foot Guard, who have been hosting the inauguration for 250 years, accompanied by Bridgeport’s Harding High School Marching Band,” Lamont said. “I was a volunteer teacher there many years ago, but I remember those kids like yesterday.”

The marching band at Harding was only re-instituted last year by Dane Brown, the school’s principal. Despite severe, ongoing budget cuts, Brown converted a teaching vacancy into a music teaching position.

Lamont, speaking from the State Armory, promised as governor to work tirelessly to ensure that all kids have the greatest opportunities to thrive, succeed, and create a life of their own, in Connecticut.

Lamont is scheduled to address a joint session of the General Assembly at 2:30 p.m. in his first State of the State address.

A short time earlier, in his remarks, Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, also listed a superb public education as necessary for a sensible, responsible, well managed government.

“So that an inquisitive child can grow up to become a scholar, a physician, an architect, an inventor of transformative technology, or a member of this General Assembly,” said Looney, who has been in the senate since 1993.

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