Salem Community Patriot September 3, 2010 - 7
Dancers a Step Closer to Their Dream
submitted by Laurie Knott As owner of The Dance Connection I work with young girls and boys every day. The Dance Connection Company girls have been actively fundraising for the past 10 months to raise money for them to perform in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to march in the 2010 Disney Christmas Parade, which will be on TV December 25. These girls all know how lucky they are to live their dream… Dance. As of June 1, they put aside their own fundraising needs to help a cause that is close to their hearts.
These girls organized a walk for the March of Dimes and walked three miles on Friday, August 13, at Hampton Beach. They collected over $1,500 for less-fortunate kids. It was their idea to help some children fulfill whatever dream that they might have. We hope this contribution will help get them one step closer to their dream.
Salem Chamber Sponsors Candidate Night
Awaiting question were candidates for Rockingham County Sheriff: Michael Downing of Salem, Dan Dumaine of Auburn, Frank Grzasko of Salem, and David Lovejoy of Hampton
photos by Donna Morris
Students from Te Dance Connection Company from Salem, Windham, Derry, Danville, Pelham, and Methuen, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA, starting their three-mile walk. Front row: Chloe Sicard, Madison O’Hare, Brianna Tarness, Mia Sprankling, Elizabeth Amorelli, Kaitlin Dell’Ova. Middle row: Kaitlyn Greatorex, Rachel Allanach, Alicia Hanlon, Haylie Hertrich, Tori Kish, Jessica Amorelli. Back row: Jessica Allanach,
Rachel Murphy, Nayiri Nazarian, Kayla Kendall, Richelle Byrd, Kori Bedard, Jacquiline Livingston, Vanessa Acosta, Chrysanthe Panalopolous
Republican candidates for Governor prior to the forum held at Salem High School: Jack Kimball of Dover, Karen Testerman of Franklin, Frank Emiro of Londonderry, and John Stephen of Manchester
Salem School School District Facilities Improvement Update
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Salem School District officials held a public information session at the Barron School Thursday, August 26, with the intention of correcting misinformation that had been circulating throughout town and also to answer parents’ questions and concerns about the process. Though the meeting was posted and
was geared towards parents of the three elementary schools undergoing construction this year, barely 15 parents turned out for the meeting.
Superintendent of School Michael Delahanty gave a brief presentation about the construction process and some changes that occurred regarding how the funding for the project changed a bit. Originally, the project was set at an estimated total cost of about $18 million. Due to state law regarding stimulus funds and assistance from the state, only approved contractors could be used. Also, the $14.5 million lent to the district is financed at zero percent, saving over $6 million in costs, but the principal has to be paid back in 17 years now—not 20. Delahanty also noted that prevailing wages paid to construction workers added $1.2 million more, bringing the total cost to $19.2 million rather than the estimated $18 million. Delahanty’s presentation to parents was followed by a presentation given by Chad Weathers, Project Manager for Gilbane Company and construction manager of the Salem School District renovations, who answered questions and also informed parents of what the project really consists of. Parents in attendance for the most part appeared to just want to confirm the information they already had, and some shared their concerns for safety of their children during the renovation process. Both Michael Delahanty and Chad Weathers assured parents that all construction workers are given CORI
background checks, which are done through New Hampshire State Police and any other state police agency that the worker lives in to be sure they are clean of a criminal background. Also, both brought up that no construction workers would have any contact with students. If a foreman for a project needs to enter any of the schools during school operation hours, they will check in with the receptionist at that school and will be accompanied by Weathers; Jack Messenheimer, director of maintenance for the Salem School District; and the school principal during their time inside the school.
All interior renovations will be done during unoccupied hours—this means weekends, second shift, and on school breaks. Gilbane Company has the schedule for each school as far as after-school programs, PTA meetings, and any events that will be held during the school year. They will either not be present during those times or will not be doing interior renovations that will cause a lot of noise, as to not be disruptive to school activities held outside normal school hours. The Gilbane Company uses a safety policy in the renovating of public schools titled Gilbane Cares. Weathers highlighted for parents that all workers will be using separate entrances and exits from the students and that while work is ongoing for the additions being built, a solid barrier will be put in place to separate students from the construction site itself. Renovations on the interior lobbies of
the schools has been pushed back to be completed next summer, as it is not feasible to disrupt the entrance to the schools during the school year at any time. Now that the asbestos abatement has been completed and floor tiles have been removed, the floor is concrete. However, the floors throughout the three elementary schools undergoing renovations at this time have been painted,
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so as to not have students walking on bare concrete that looks dirty and can be difficult to clean, as well as to make the schools aesthetically pleasing to view. Salem Fire Department’s fire marshal
Jeff Emanuelson, along with Chief Kevin Breen, had been involved in the process of fire safety standards since day one. All the schools’ fire evacuation plans while construction is ongoing have been approved and do meet the requirements necessary to provide adequate evacuation and fire prevention.
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Delahanty apologized to those in attendance who felt that not enough information had been provided. He assured parents that would improve, that memos would be sent home with students, and that local media and their Website would be utilized to provide updates early and often. This will also include in school postings and e-mails to parents that have provided their e-mail addresses to the Community Facilities Committee. Sherry Kilgus-Kramer, Public Relations volunteer and parent volunteer, expressed at the meeting how she has been to many public places and events encouraging parents to provide their e-mail addresses to receive constant communication and updates. People really do need to sign up to receive constant updates, but these updates will also be provided in other ways.
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