Windham parents say they want solutions to school overcrowding
About two dozen citizens attended the July 23 meeting with school board members Michael Joanis, Jerome Rekart and Michelle Farrell and Superintendent Winfried Feneberg. Board members Stephanie Wimmer and Dennis Senibaldi didn’t attend.
In March 2012, voters rejected a ballot item that would have added modular classrooms to address space needs and fund architectural and engineering in the design of the new seventh and eighth grade school. In March, a warrant article to build a new school on London Bridge Road, near the new high school, along with a new high school turf field, also was rejected.
Jim Dreyfus said he hoped to see a warrant article for a new running track on the 2014 ballot because the district has no track.
Farrell noted that adding a new track would likely be an expensive project as the high school doesn’t have enough fields cleared to build one.
Julie Kaplan said she’s “all for exploring options” when it comes to adding more educational space. “I’m no facilities or budget expert, but as a parent I think we need to find a solution,” she added.
“She’s in the pea soup right now,” she said, noting the crowding issues at the middle school. “This need isn’t a want by any stretch of the imagination; it is urgent and critical.”
Feneberg urged citizens to come by the schools and see for themselves. “Once fall begins, we can certainly organize walk-throughs, and I’d love to hear everyone’s suggestions,” the superintendent said.
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