Public input sought on solving Windham school space issues
As a new school year looms ahead, administrators are already talking possible solutions and haven’t ruled out making another attempt for a new school at Town Meeting in 2014.
Citizens will have a chance to offer up their thoughts on those options during a public hearing at Windham Town Hall on July 23.
Joanis said the district’s upcoming Capital Improvement Plan would first and foremost need to address the most immediate need — roof replacements for several district schools.
The deadline for next year’s CIP requests is July 19.
In March 2012, voters rejected a warrant article that would have added modular classrooms to address space needs and fund architectural and engineering for the design of the new middle school.
Joanis said the public hearing scheduled for later this month would be an early step in addressing citizen concerns and needs prior to placing any bond articles on next year’s ballot.
As it stands now, school officials are making a list of options and pros and cons.
Voters would have the final say on any major school projects at the March 11 polls.
Those options include portable classrooms, building additions on Golden Brook and Center schools or possibly relocating the town’s eighth-graders to the newer, larger Windham High School.
While its too early to tell what the coming year’s final enrollment tally might be, that, too, will come into play while discussing the district’s space situation, school officials said.
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