Windham teachers get a two-year contract
WINDHAM -- The second time was a charm for Windham's teachers.
Voters at Tuesday's polls approved School Article 2, a two-year, $488,269 contract with the district's teachers.
The contract passed, 2,417-1,070. A similar item failed at the 2013 elections.
Also passed was School Article 4, a three-year, $66,247 contract with the district's support staff, and School Article 6, the district's $45,724,106 operating budget.
Holding up a sign near the entrance to Windham High School Tuesday afternoon, Windham mother Andrea Peters urged passers-by to vote in favor of the teacher's contract.
"We're delighted with our teachers and we'd like them to stay," Peters said.
Vying for the two open Board of Selectmen seats were Joel Desilets, Dan Guttman and Bruce Breton. Breton and Desilets won the race, earning 2,175 and 1,284 votes, respectively. Guttman ran a close race, obtaining 1,254 votes.
Ken Eyring and Rob Breton won the two open School Board seats, with their respective 1,401 and 1,766 votes beating out fellow contenders Justin Pare (512 votes), Robert Coole (1,344 votes) and Sean Donahue (1,211 votes).
Town Article 5, asking voters to approve the $860,000 purchase of the Campbell Farm property at 137 Kendall Pond Road for conservation purposes, passed on a vote of 2,031-1,340.
Town Article 4, which asked voters to approve a $275,0000 public recreation field failed, 1,868-1,494.
Town Article 9, a three-year, $16,290 contract with the town's municipal workers' union passed, as did Town Article 10, a three-year, $74,820 contract with the firefighters' union and Town Article 11, three-year, $195,770 contract with the town's police union.
Voters also passed Town Article 14, an $859,000 Quint vehicle for the fire department. The purchase will receive 95 percent of its funding from federal grants, pending grant approval, with the remaining $42,500 to come from general taxation dollars.
Town Article 29, the $12,580,680 municipal operating budget, also passed.
Windham residents Stefan Dapergolas and Eric Carlson urged fellow voters to act in favor of Town Article 27, which passed with 1,740 votes.
Dapergolas, one of the citizens to petition the article, said he hoped a positive vote would result in an official discontinuance of a section of Pine Hill Road, which abuts the Sheffield Road conservation easement.
"We'd like to see this property preserved as conservation land too," he said.
Carlson added that the site contains "very sensitive ecosystems and wetlands" and is home to a variety of wildlife species, including beavers and turtles.
Both men further noted that preserving the site would have no fiscal impact on taxpayers and would allow the spot to be maintained as public conservation land to be enjoyed by hikers and nature lovers