Pelham - Windham News
6 - May 28, 2010
Windham New Businesses – Spring Into Savings
The Spring Into Savings Event, held on
May 15 and sponsored by the Windham Community Development Department, was a huge success.
Six local businesses opened their doors
and invited the public in with special offers to get to know them, and the residents responded with a resounding “yahoo!” Each of the businesses was presented with an award from the Community Development Department welcoming them to the Town. We would like to congratulate our advertisers on their grand openings and wish them continued success! Good luck to Ed Jones, Tim Barchard’s Professional Martial Arts Academy, Fisette’s Small Engine Repair, and Bella Vino Specialty Wines and Gourmet.
Pictured at top left, Rep. Bob Elliot (Salem); Rep. Mary Griffin; Selectman Bruce Breton; Dan McCarthy;
Edward Jones, owner, Edward Jones Investments; and Bob Young
Pictured at middle left,
Karl Dubay; Ralph Valentine; Tim and Laura Barchard, owners, Tim Barchard’s Professional Martial Arts
Academy; Jim MacDonald; and Selectman Bruce Breton
Picutred at bottom left,
Sy Wrenn, Planning Board; Fisette Family, owners,
Fisette Small Engine Repair; and Phil LoChiatto, Planning Board Chair
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Doing More with Less
by Barbara O’Brien
“This year, we are doing more with less.”
Those are the words spoken by Superintendent Frank Bass at a recent meeting. Bass is the superintendent of SAU #28, which is comprised of both Windham and Pelham schools. Dr. Bass presented an update on the schools during SAU #28’s semi-annual board meeting that was held in Windham earlier this month. Bass said he is taking the current financial situation “as a challenge.” While Pelham voters approved the proposed 2010-2011 school operating budget this past March, Windham voters did not, causing that school district to be faced with operating under a default budget based on the current school year’s allocation. This will be the second year in a row that Windham has operated under a default budget. “The reality is that this is the environment we’re
in,” Bass said, referring to the recessive state of the economy both locally and throughout the country. “And it’s likely this environment will continue,” he added. “We need to be creative. We need to readjust. We can make it work,” Bass continued. Bass said he hopes to find financial aid through acquiring additional state and/or federal grants. “We have to scan the horizon,” he said. Bass said one of next year’s goals in both school districts is working toward smaller class sizes, resulting in a smaller teacher/student ratio. “One of the biggest issues,” Bass stated, “is that we need better communication,” both with parents and taxpayers as a whole. Referring to the current school year, which comes to an end on June 30, Bass said, “I have tried very hard this year to be directly available to parents in a timely manner.”
Also in the process of being revamped is the
grading system. “It’s a work in progress,” Bass said. “We need clearer expectations for students and clearer expectations for teachers.”
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As for the school system in general, Bass said
he wants to “create a better environment for kids,” adding that he wants “an atmosphere of mutual respect with a can-do attitude.” “I believe a safe environment, a nurturing
environment, a supportive environment negates many of the problems [plaguing many schools today],” Bass said.
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