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2013 Town Meeting Results: School Ballot

A total of 3,744 residents cast ballots.

Many Windham voters in attendance were shocked to hear a wave of ballot items knocked down on Tuesday night.

Voters not only nixed a $31 million bond item for a new school and a corresponding turf field, but also warrant articles for a teacher contract and the operating budget. 

This is the second straight year that voters nixed many money items on the school ballot.

A total of 3,744 residents cast ballots in total.

Also catching some by surprise was the school board seat lost by Dr. Bruce Anderson, a three-term member of the board who served the district during the adoption of Windham's first high school.

See below for the complete school results.

 

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CANDIDATES

SCHOOL BOARD, CHOOSE ONE

Dennis Senibaldi 1,904 Bruce D. Anderson 1,359

WARRANT ARTICLES

ARTICLE 2, FACILITY AND RELATED FIELDS ON LONDON BRIDGE ROAD (BOND ARTICLE)

Yes 1,217 No 2,503

ARTICLE 3, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN SCHOOL BOARD AND WINDHAM EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Yes 1,650 No 2,024

ARTICLE 4, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BETWEEN SCHOOL BOARD AND AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES, COUNCIL 93, LOCAL 1801

Yes 1,727 No 1,893

ARTICLE 5, SHOULD ARTICLE 3 AND ARTICLE 4 BE DEFEATED, AUTHORIZE THE GOVERNING BODY TO CALL ONE SPECIAL MEETING TO ADDRESS ARTICLE 3 AND ARTICLE 4 COST ITEMS

Yes 1,737 No 1,851

ARTICLE 6, OPERATING BUDGET

Yes 1,653 No 1,959
012017TPP March 18, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Nickjo and soc, Why would you vote for seating and lighting around a football field that does not include a track?
soc March 18, 2013 at 12:13 PM
While most think "friday night football" with the lighting. It really comes down to 'how many times can this field be used during the year' to justify the huge cost. If those lights are only used for night football games and not 2-3 practices a day and 'rentals' for other sports/teams then it really isn't possible to justify the cost. (stands needed for any event/rental). So this is the key component to this. I agree with you - as I believe with the schools "once we spend $30M it will be a long time before we spend significantly again" (and leave GBS, etc in same state). Once this field is 'turfed' I don't think there will be a track nor another stadium in this town for as long as I'm here. I'm of the mindset that a proper proposal should be put on the table, justified on its own and voted on ... on its own. The 'rental' part will be interesting as well as practice schedules. What will happen is that some teams will end up rotating or end up in a fixed 'late practice' slot and others that probably use the field for "free" will/should end up paying for use. Last coaching staffs will have to evaluate the lost art of "turf management" during practice times...meaning not overusing sections of the field. Where you end up with dirt, broken down grass today...you could end up with expensive turf breakdown tomorrow. The last comments are from conversations with 2 AD's one at end of life on a turf field and another justifying the addition. (both public institutions)
Nickjo March 19, 2013 at 10:26 PM
I am all for finding an inexpensive way to help with the feild situation. The issue isn't turf for me. Turf has benefits. Maintenance is a big one. I didn't see $50,000 it is what I heard it cost the town last year and it has need to be done every year so far. Fundraising would be easier if we could attract events and championships to Windham. As it stands now our own kids are lucky that the state allows us to host Home games. Not usre about the law but something tells me the town could be liable if someone falls down that hill which I believe is just a matter of time. I think a track is also necessary but that will cost us and if I had to pick it would be stands, lights and a better multipurpose field.
soc March 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Nickjo, Please don't go down the liability path. This most likely will result in the removal of sports from the program as opposed to cost justifying better facilities. I would not take heart in the $50,000 costs and at the same time realize that $50,000 per year is not that much when looking at spending $700-900k on a synthetic surface that needs yearly maintenance itself and needs to be replaced after 20 years. Having said that, the problem seems to be trying to appease the need for multiple uses of a single field on a daily basis during the school year...so if it can be used 3 times a day every school day...it most likely can be cost justified. The other part of this: 1. Don't bank on "$ from chamionship games" (even though you would have to sell more hotdogs than you can imagine). The NHIAA has been trying to move all chamionship games to a neutral site. 2. Don't bank on making money on rental to 'public entities' - Manchester case in point has turf fields that were not used last year since their charge back ($1k??) was too high in comparison to the 'competition' (other turf alternatives in the state). There was an article on how expensive the electric bill for the lights and the reason for the chargeback. Rolling this back into overall costs, we probably should factor in the cost of lighting this field for X hours a day.
Jack Gattinella March 25, 2013 at 04:47 PM
I know what will be money well spent... I will pay out of pocket for the moving van if you move out of Windham.. Stop complaining ,,its sickening... The football field impacts such a small % of the people of Windham... You have to think what is best for everyone in Windham not just the few parents that have to bring lawn chairs to a game instead of sitting in stands...If anybody falls down that hill hopefully it will knock some sense into them .....

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