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TraceyPartington April 23, 2014 at 09:49 AM
Ruth, I will be dropping of tons of goodies on Friday. Thank you for organizing this win-win event!
Ruth Coole April 23, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Tracey: That is great! Appreciate your comment. Ruth Coole, Publicity Windham Woman's Club
GrassisGreener April 18, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Jim, At least you could share the full story for those that don't want to sit through the entireRead Moreme eting. For those that do, head over to www.wctv21.com and link to Videos on Demand....... With regards to the $56K you had to expend the funds to figure out the root cause of the issue. Do you suggest just staring at the wall and take a guess? .......... Not one EXPERT in that room could guarantee that they'd get all the mold nor could they guarantee that they wouldn't leak again. This thing is a bottom of the barrel version of a modular, came to us used and is over 14 years old. Regardless of how much, it doesn't make sense to invest another dime in the place if you cannot guarantee the issue will go away forever......... With regards to Mr. Murray and get that he's a tax payer and he has his right to speak. He also bid on the project as part of the RFP process. That process was still open and not complete. That is the reason they did not release the bids. They advised they would once that process was complete which is a very different story than you portray ....... In my opinion, Mr. Murray put the SB and this town in a very tenuous position legally with presenting his bid. If the "process" had gone forward there would certainly be legal challenges that we'd have to deal with. If I were on the board that would of been enough to kill the whole thing too ...... Displaced students, while not ideal, have a home right now. If it remains status quo until something else can be figured out so be it. In my view, getting rid of it now just speeds up that process as you would've been searching for a place to put those kids anyway since that is prime School real estate where that sits today ...... Would I have liked to have seen it go through sure. But a bidder/tax payer using his tax payer rights to circumvent a proposal process would've been a non-starter in my book. So would spending $250K never mind $400, $500 or $800K! The crutch has been removed so maybe we can get a long-term solution figured out.
stevedevries April 21, 2014 at 02:16 PM
Regardless of players or process, the RIGHT thing to do is to stop putting tax dollars into a money Read Morepit, and start spending wisely. Good decisions cannot be made under duress, which is exactly the situation that the SB is faced with today. The pressure of ensuring that an adequate number of classrooms is available has been clouding good judgment. Again - process aside, the right thing to do is to move forward with longer term solutions that will yield a real return on taxpayer investment. In my opinion, the LAST time significant money had to be spent in order to 'save' the portables should have been the red flag that it was time to start planning an exit strategy for that structure. Therefore, anyone that was part of the decision-making process at that time, and is still part of the decision-making process today, should be questioned as to their ability to make sound decisions for Windham going forward. I haven't been in town long enough to know who that is, but I'll bet others do... Moving forward: We don't need charter schools any more than we need palatial works of architectural genius. We need basic, strong, long-lasting facilities that will provide faculty and student the right environment. Leave the politics at home and get the job done well.
Sean Donahue April 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Steve, I don't know if you were at or watched the SB meeting, but please take the time to do so ifRead Morey ou haven't yet. I agree with most of what you said. My only comment is that there is no solution for where to put the children next year, as any long term solution won't be ready for 1-2 yrs out, that wasn't factored into the SB decision. This is the process part I was referring to. We heard the board being concerned with the physical health of the students and understandably so, but no one discussed the emotional health and well being of students isolated at the high school for an entire school year.
Joel Desilets April 18, 2014 at 03:29 PM
Looking forward to it, hope to see many people attend and participate in the discussion!
SamIam April 20, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Leave it as is.....