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Danbury Principal Named ‘Outstanding First-Year Principal of the Year’

Frank LaBanca will receive his award Nov. 9 at a ceremony in Southington.
Frank LaBanca will receive his award Nov. 9 at a ceremony in Southington. Photo Credit: LinkedIn

DANBURY, CONN. — Frank LaBanca, principal of the Westside Middle School Academy, recently was chosen as the Outstanding First-Year Principal of the Year by the Connecticut Association of Schools. 

The award will be presented Nov. 9 to LaBanca at a ceremony in Southington. 

LaBanca, a Sandy Hook resident, has been principal of the magnet school since it opened in 2014-15. The school was built to accommodate 600 students from Danbury chosen through a lottery system and offers educational programming in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and global studies. 

Before coming to Danbury, LaBanca worked with more than 40 schools in the state as director of the Center for 21st Century Skills at Education Connection, commonly known as the “Regional Service Center.” The center represents western Connecticut school districts whose mission is educational change and improvement.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut, LaBanca has a master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport and an educational doctorate in instructional leadership from Western Connecticut State University. 

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