Windham classrooms soon to be demolished
On June 3, the Windham School Board voted in favor of demolishing the structure and to pay off the existing lease.
About 160 third-graders were displaced by the closure, leaving the district with no choice but to set up temporary classrooms in an enclosed wing at Windham High School. As of this month, the school district still owed $224,980 on the building’s lease. Business Administrator Adam Steel recommended paying off the entire lease to avoid further interest charges, noting that doing so would allow the district to return about $77,000 to taxpayers annually. Board member Rob Breton, who was opposed to paying off the lease, said he’d like to see those funds used for facility improvements.
Breton said he took issue with such an analogy, which he felt was inappropriate “when discussing the health of the town’s children.”
Contacted on Monday, Steel said the displaced Golden Brook third-graders would return to their makeshift classrooms at the high school this fall.
“Basically, everything’s on the table right now,” Steel said this week.
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