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theresalwaystwosides April 07, 2014 at 04:40 PM
I do not want to deflect from the reason this blog was written. It is evident there are severalRead Morecom ments which clearly "originate" from the same source. That is why I after a couple of initial posts answering questions when the blog went on, I stayed off. From 2/22 to 3/4, on 3/5 I answered posts three times. Then from 3/5 to 3/26 not once, on 3/27 I posted one response. After the threads were linked, I did post on 3/31 with a condensed part two. IP addresses can be traced very easily. I do not know what the legal ramifications are with regards to public posting on a blog so my practice is to be safe than sorry. I do not need an additional secret moniker. That is the beauty of a blog. It is the court of public opinion. As with any court "a mistrial can be called for infractions" which places the judicial process in jeopardy. To those who post accusations and keep throwing my name in, calling me a liar, speak without knowledge or fact towards a subject, you send out "markers" . It is those markers that indicate a clear bias. Meaning, "your posts are coming form within the coach's camp". Same rule applies for those "extreme posts" proclaiming justice from Patch users. Just as with any court, the judges in the court of public opinion are not blind to misrepresentations posted. Clarity comes with content. The public has a right to know, and those with the answers continue to remain silent.
theresalwaystwosides April 07, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Accusations that I have knowledge of posters further discredits those users.
theresalwaystwosides April 07, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Dennis Senibaldi April 05, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Troubled Student, The process of renewal and non-renewal of teachers is based upon state law. TheRead Morep rocess rests squarely upon the superintendent’s shoulders. He produces the list with help from each schools senior staff. The School Board cannot put a non-renewal teacher on the renewal list.
Dave (The Original) March 12, 2014 at 12:40 AM
Full results: http://www.areanewsgroup.com/2014-windham-election-results/
Ross McLeod March 12, 2014 at 09:04 AM
Campbell Farm passed. It was my typo in reporting to WMUR that caused confusion. I reported that it Read Morehad passed, saying that it received 2031 yes votes and that it needed 2033 to pass. As a 60% bond article, it needed 2023 votes to pass (not 2033; 0.6 times 2031/yes plus 1340/no equals 2022.6 votes, which gets rounded up to 2023 votes needed to pass). Sorry for the confusion. As an SB2 "official-ballot" town, we need 60% (not 2/3) to pass bond articles - Campbell Farm was a bond article. Hope that helps.
Mike S March 12, 2014 at 12:26 PM
How many people voted vs how many eligible voters are there in Windham?
TSMITH March 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Jim, it seems like the only person being nasty is you.
Jim Smith March 11, 2014 at 04:13 PM
Joe, "pumping tires... all over this board? " I made 1 comment on each of 3 differentRead Morepos ts... You make more of me than necessary. Can't a person change their mind? TSmith, I'm not being nasty at all.
Joel Desilets March 12, 2014 at 09:32 PM
Congratulations Rob - best of luck.
Living in NH March 11, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Perhaps if he stood before folks in a public forum, he should use sensitivity when it comes toRead Moreissue s of student safety. I didn't hear that. The callous way that he presented that info concerns me as a potential person making these decisions in our town.
soc March 12, 2014 at 07:56 AM
@Living in NH - I'm 1/2 saying this in jest…when "ever issue" is pose as a safetyRead Morei ssue I think everything become a blur. (Please understand I had a meeting last night where, in that forum, a very high priced item was being presented as a 'safety issue'…) The latest is the condition of the portables which we have just moved 160 students out of there due to health risks. So when you cast a net over all the money spent on 'safety' many believe that there were/are other areas where this expenditure would have solved a higher risk/probable safety factor. Last, just to see another viewpoint or interpretation of a scenario, I did not view this as a sensitivity issue and the ONLY time I cringed was when a now exiting SB member was trying to publicly rationalize the movement of a SB candidates and parent of a 3rd grader. I considered that insensitive. I applaud the new Superintendent as he handled that situation perfectly.
Fight Crime March 12, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Welcome aboard Ken!
soc March 11, 2014 at 06:26 PM
@tom, I agree with everything you say except the localized/funding equation with the CharterRead MoreSchool option being discussed as I don't see it removing a proportional expense amount out of the current Windham school budget. The net of that is that I'm not a believer that it is a zero tax option.
GrassisGreener March 11, 2014 at 07:34 PM
@soc...you know we agree on this piece and according to above the Regular Ed cost of $8,642 put'sRead Moreus under water as the bright folks in Concord say we must give 80% of the average which we know is $12K for Elementary kids. Considering it'll be based on ASD (according to Ken earlier in the week) I'm guessing the target profile is kids interested in STEM and not to characterize a subgroup but these kids are probably at the "top of the class" academically. You see that in ASD's test results. Doesn't mean they're better, just means they get more of the smart kids. Would seem the negative $300K to the system wouldn't be unbearable (send out $9,600 in funding - $8,600 reg ed kid cost). Struggle with seeing 40 STEM kids per class leave the system and if you don't get 300 then what's the point? Half-paid by Windham taxpayers and half-paid by other towns as ASD has wait lists? As part of this plan it's critical that the broader impacts are research and analyzed. With all this NECAP talk, the reality is a STEM focused Charter will likely attract more "top of the class kids". I said it poorly earlier in the week (sorry stevedevries...not the intent) but if you remove 300 of the better students how will that negatively impact the system perception and our real estate values if we come in at #50 in NECAP? Pelham passes their HS project...watch out!!! 5% drop in RE values will jump the tax rate up $1.25!! :)
soc March 12, 2014 at 08:57 AM
@Grass - I agree with this. I'm not against charter schools though. I do see them providingRead Moreoppor tunities to students and not a threat to the education system as a whole. Having said that, I don't see this as a long term solution to a towns education capacity needs. The residents really have to wake up as there is a balance between taxes, providing educational needs and their real-estate values. Most people in this country own their house and think of it as an asset. The 'insider persona' of the 'Windham value' can last only so long. It is the 'outsiders image' that matters to maintain/increase the value of that asset. While people are rejoicing with the Windham voting results, I would bet 50+% of those that voted don't know what was on the ballots in Salem, Pelham, Londonderry, etc and their results.
TSMITH March 11, 2014 at 01:37 PM
In 2008 we had a collapse of the economy that had a significant impact of spending on all sectorsRead Moreof our economy - public, private, etc. Since that time despite the ineptitude of our government and due to the continued efforts of many in the private sector we have clawed our way back and have a more stable economy (which still has a ways to go as we can all agree). However, during the period I dont think it was unusual for most business to slow or halt capital investments or many communities to say "No" to hold the line on spending. That's not a curse, that was probably good planning. I think it is still prudent for us to be very fiscally responsible and conservative, but at some point you do need to make some investments. Last year the voters said no to a very large ask which included a brand new school and no to raises for teachers (Again). This year, there are some minimal proposals to keep the schools moving forward and minmal raise to people who havent had one in many years. They are not a fix to the problem at all, but there are some things we can do to start building a brighter future for our school system and town. I have no issue with your discussions on facts, I fully apprecaite the tax debate and feel there is room for more transparency and efficecny. What I dont care for is your constant thrashing of those who don't agree with your views.
SamIam March 11, 2014 at 01:51 PM
I don't thrash anyone who disagrees with my views - unless thrashing is the same as beingRead Moreconsistent . Other towns - even Pelham has passed their budget during these economical times. I believe its a curse - you believe its the economy - either way - why is our school budget fail and surrounding towns school budgets pass ? Windham is considered affluent but we can't pass a budget in a good or bad economy. I think you are making excuses for failures and I thinks it the curse of the blue jaguar born out of the School Boards disrespect for the Windham voter. (machiavillian) :) I am not angered by people not agreeing with me...but many are angered by my views and/or opinion....why is that ?
Fight Crime March 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Welcome aboard Ken!
Fight Crime March 13, 2014 at 03:49 PM
We are going to see more red than blue in each upcoming election. We welcome the new balance. No Read Moremore Donkey Kong in this town! The Elephant herds are roaring in! Yay!
GrassisGreener March 13, 2014 at 06:12 PM
@ Fight Crime....Can you enlighten everyone where the additional 478 kids came from since the 2008Read More- 2009 if what you're suggesting is fact? Isn't Windham a predominantly Republican voting town?
soc March 14, 2014 at 08:43 AM
@FightCrime - I'm willing to bet I'm a 'cheaper Yankee New Englander' than you and I'm aRead Morerepublican. Increased tax bills (not tax rate) affect the affordability of a home. Affordability may increase demand. But supply and demand increase both sales and the price (vs value/assessment). Since NH has laws on assessment/value based on market, a higher assessment adds to the gross taxable base for the town. It is that value with the costs that determine the tax rate. So I agree there is a relationship but not in the manner you are presenting. Windham is going to do a town wide re-assessment, our valuations will go up there was a vote that will increase costs, our tax rate will probably stay the same/go down a bit after the re-assessment. What will the bill look like?
Tom Murray March 10, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Hopefully this may answer some questions or at least clarify. The DOE website also has a lot ofRead Morethis info. I will try to find the link and post as well. https://nhcharterschools.org
gupta Sinjay March 10, 2014 at 08:34 PM
On the eve of this most important election we must face ourselves and overcome our fear of change.Read MoreI t will not be the first time nor the last that we will be asked to do this. Two candidates represent Hope and Change. Five years ago a man stepped from the shadows and advocated Hope and Change. Einstein defined insanity to be doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Tomorrow, overcome your fear. The world will not end. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Tom Murray March 10, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Read Morehttp://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oii/csp/index.html http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/sc hool_improve/charter/index.htm Both the Federal and State sites on charter schools.
SamIam March 11, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Dr, Seuss - I researched information regarding Machiavelli because I knew he was a socialist who is Read Morenot concerned with individuals rights. I am concerned that our future leaders are quoting socialists and communists to help sway voters to their way of thinking....its scary actually. Why not quote Lincoln - JFK - Reagan - FDR or even Obama if you must. She is a big girl if she is on the website taking a stand. I am not attacking anyone - just pointing out who Niccolo Machiavelli really is besides a nice quote that fits her perception of todays election. And since she quoted Machiavelli and referenced his quote to Windham and todays election - I was wondering who she thinks is the majority and who is the minority in Windham.
OldTimer March 11, 2014 at 04:39 PM
I did research Machiavelli. Interesting and I agree with Sam I am although I still say that msRead Morecarpe nter is a very smart cookie for her age. Sam, in the future please credit your source. Dr Seuss is wrong in his use of the word "attack" and I am confident ms carpenter won't take it that way. Just another. " learning " experience.
Living in NH March 11, 2014 at 09:06 PM
In light of the day, despite the political nonsense, my heart broke tonight as I voted for theRead Moreteach ers contract. IMHO, you are valued so much more than those numbers show. I sincerely thank every teacher, IA, and support staff who my children have been graced with in this district. Windham schools are a step above. Long after my kids have graduated, I will think fondly of each and every one of you who assisted them on their journey. We will forever have gratitude for your endless hours of service without compensation, your heartwarming nature, for creating a climate where kids love to learn, and your never ending mission to strive for the best for our children. My heartfelt support to all of you.
Fight Crime March 05, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Dana Carr has a total of 29 criminal records in NH alone! He has 14 "theft by UnauthorizedRead MoreTak ing" charges, and 4 fraudluant use of credit cards charges. the rest are MV violations and others... He is just one of many criminals that lerking throughout our communities looking for their next victim. If you plan on letting someone into your life, or your home, please check the courts to inquire about their criminal history. This is public information. Stay Safe!
JONAS CARILLO March 05, 2014 at 07:07 PM
Dana's back on the radar! Watch out. He wants your pain pills and social security number BAD.
Ashley April 13, 2014 at 08:23 AM
This also happened to me in early December of 2011 for $995. I called his then boss at Nature'sRead MorePri de landscaping in Derry and got back $400. He was fired soon thereafter and still owes me almost $600. I'm over it and happen to know karma has its fingers wrapped around his throat Hmm, Dana is 35, lives with his mother. They share her only toilet and shower. He has no friends, no education, no marketable skills (unless u count cons), addictions to food, tobacco, gambling, various drugs. A record out the wazoo. His credit is so abysmal, he can't even get a bank account or phone contract and doesn't have a prospect in the world. Good luck buddy. Karma is a bitch.
WindhamLifer March 27, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Lynne... volatile language from us? No, I don't think so. You clearly missed the vast majority ofRead Moreth e conversation (the deleted parts) where Fight Crime went off on us for expressing concerns about the implications of *this post* on the OP's daughters. Not the situation, not the allegations, *this post* as it is written... which is what should be disconcerting to you. To catch you up a bit - according to what's played out here on this thread - this supposedly involves Middle schoolers not High schoolers and the AD (along with the District and the PD) have already been contacted by the OP about it and refused to address it.
lynne castanzo March 27, 2014 at 03:17 PM
oh. Sorry, I didn't realize there were deleted post. Hopefully this can all get resolved soon. Read MoreI used to live in Windham. I was a lovely town to reside in. My kids had to be bused to Salem High. I was pleased to see a new high school built. I hope that the town isn't going down hill with all the new arrivals from other towns. I still have many friends in your town and often check social media to "catch up" on things. Thank You for the correction. The Middle school should address the issue if they are being slandered on these forums.
theresalwaystwosides March 31, 2014 at 08:30 PM
I am posting a shorter version of part 2 here on the Patch.. The full version is on Word Press. Read MoreEve n with this much detail the facts become skewed. This is not easy to relive and write about but I did it at the insisting of my girls. The girls want as many as possible to know what kind of educators they have encountered at their middle school and how the students come second to the adults ego's.
TraceyPartington February 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Sue you are a ray of sunshine, Windham is lucky to have you!
Sue Gerstenberger February 20, 2014 at 03:40 PM
Tracey very kind of you but I am lucky to be part of our school community...
One Man Wolf Pack March 04, 2014 at 02:11 PM
GIVE THIS ARead MoreREAD!!! http://windham.patch.com/groups/announcements/p/the-direction-and-management-of- our-town-needs-a-fresh-perspective
gupta Sinjay February 17, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Hillary is probably sitting back in her chair right now enjoying a cigar
Roy Roscoe February 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Look at that picture: That expression. Bill got what he deserved!
wm as it is. February 18, 2014 at 01:28 PM
now there's a creepy ass cracker!.
Mike S February 19, 2014 at 11:24 PM
I have no idea what this article is talking about....
Sue Gerstenberger February 21, 2014 at 09:18 AM
Super Sass commented on your article "Golden Brook School" in Speak Out: @OldTimer: I was Read Morereferring to SamIam's use of 'human drama' in his comment. I believe he used 'human drama' as if that was what this article was referring to. I think there is a huge difference between 'human drama' and 'human tragedy'. It is MY opinion that this article is to highlight how our community has come together in times of tragedy. I do not believe this article was written in order to get sympathetic votes. It is also my opinion that this is not the article to voice petty grievances about the 'jaguars'. With this having been said, I am sorry for your losses, OldTimer. We all suffer through tragedies in life. This article reminds me that there are some great community members who come together to help in times of tragedy. View this Post
SamIam February 21, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Ignoring the voters and the SB-SAU thumbing their nose at democracy is a tragedy as well....yourRead Moreuse of the term "Now as a taxpayer" made your feel good article political. Members of the SB always pose a question to Mr. Steele - I am a big fan of democracy...but....how do we circumvent the voters.:) I expect nothing less than the humanity at the GBS and their rallying around to help each other whether its the portables of young teachers loss of a child.Most workplaces would do the same. Loss of a child is the worst of all nightmares...but sassy sass didn't mention it until as defense mechanism..it wasn't mentioned in article...sort of like - screaming racist to win an argument.
SamIam February 19, 2014 at 08:32 AM
Mr. Cove - Your wife has the reputation of being an outstanding teacher- one of Windham's best-even Read Morethough the high school teachers gets all the attention. Your family and Mrs. Cove's career would benefit greatly from Merit pay versus embracing the ideology of the teachers union.
One Man Wolf Pack February 19, 2014 at 08:48 AM
@Grass, I am going to write you in as a candidate for Windham School Board. (Can I do that?) InRead Morea ddition to fresh ideas I think it would frost some of their @$$s to have to address "Mr GrassisGreener" at ever session. lol.
GrassisGreener February 19, 2014 at 09:39 AM
@Wolf...the would be quite comical if GrassisGreener was voted in. Probably more headlines forRead Morethat than Dodge ball! Honored but I cannot make the commitment nor would I want that thankless job since you'll always piss off at least 50% of the voters. Happy to share ideas for others to run with and will proudly pat myself on the back if any of my nonsense actually helps.
JM February 13, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Some of the posts I read on here make me wish I stayed in Mass :) How do the contracts for ourRead Morefi re, police, and other contracted staff work, does their pay/raises work the same as our teachers?
gupta Sinjay February 13, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Still waiting to hear how many teachers were fired for poor performance??? If no new contract thenRead Morew e default to old contract which I believe has a small increase in pay built in. But I may be wrong
michael h February 13, 2014 at 01:45 PM
Gupta you are wrong, there has been 0 pay increase for the last 3 years, zero. And lots ofRead Moreteachers are terminated every year. Until they are here five years they can be let go for any reason.
soc February 08, 2014 at 08:57 AM
Thank you GIGE - (found an electronicRead Moreversion) http://tjcase.websitetoolbox.com/post/show_single_po st?pid=1280042164&postcount=42
JM February 08, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Still haven't heard from Ken....I'd like to see two questions answered..... 1) How is your runRead Morefor school board not a direct conflict of interest, since a charter school (one that you are directly tied to) approval must first go through the WSB. 2) Just last year, you were saying enrollment will be going down, so there was no reason to build a new middle school or add to the current facilities. That seems to directly contradict your notion that a new charter school would help alleviate over crowding? Which is it bud?
GrassisGreener February 08, 2014 at 10:30 AM
SOC- great point in ALL of the candidates. Be it SB, Town or State I personally will not vote forRead Morean y of them in this isn't at the top of their priority list. Especially our State Reps. It'll be painful voting Dem but what have they actually done for Windham?
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