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Pelham~Windham News Volume 8 Number 24 January 7, 2011 12 Pages Immediate Space Resolutions
Considered for School District
by Barbara O&#x2019;Brien At the same time Windham
School Board members and other administrators are contemplating how to solve space constraints long-term, they are also pondering how best to resolve some of the over-crowding sooner than later.
During a School Board
workshop on December 20, Superintendent Frank Bass and Assistant Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz talked about which possible options are &#x201C;viable.&#x201D;
&#x201C;None of the options are ideal, however,&#x201D; Bass commented.
Bass said that they had looked at the possibility of locating some classes outside of school district facilities, including Searles School and Chapel, which is town-owned, St. Matthew&#x2019;s Church, and Castle College. &#x201C;We were hoping we could off-load a class or two,&#x201D; Bass said. &#x201C;But none of these locations are presently available.&#x201D; Since moving certain classes
isn&#x2019;t in the cards at the present time, school officials came up with six options that might be do-able and one option that was termed &#x201C;non-viable.&#x201D; Viable options that were
listed by Lecaroz include: &#x2022; Building an eight-room addition to Golden Brook School to be used as a kindergarten facility, at a &#x201C;rough cost&#x201D; of about $3 million, and moving third- grade classes from Center School to the portables at Golden Brook School; &#x2022; Leasing a 10-room portable to be placed at Windham High School to be used as kindergarten classrooms, and moving the third-grade classes from Center School to the portables at Golden Brook School;
&#x2022; Leasing a four-room portable with its own bathroom and placing it at Center School to be used by third-grade classes (a temporary one-year fix); &#x2022; Leasing a six-room portable with its own bathroom and placing it at Center School (three-year fix); &#x2022; Leasing a four-room portable with its own bathroom and placing it behind Windham Middle School (for some of the fifth-grade classes); &#x2022; Retaining three third-grade classes at Center School and placing the other three third- grade classes at Golden Brook School. The non-viable option listed would involve moving next year&#x2019;s eighth graders
to Windham High School; something that is not being recommended by administrators for social, educational, and safety reasons.
Lecaroz said that the
preferable choice would be a two-pronged approach, involving building an eight- room addition to Golden Brook School to be used as a kindergarten facility, plus leasing a six-room portable and placing it at Center School. &#x201C;This would get the School District moving in the right direction,&#x201D; Lecaroz said. One major benefit of building the kindergarten addition would be the fact that 75-percent State building aid appears to still be available. &#x201C;It&#x2019;s a good deal for taxpayers,&#x201D; Lecaroz said. &#x201C;This would be a permanent solution for kindergarten,&#x201D; she told School Board members. If the addition were built in the near future, it would allow the school district to get rid of the portable classrooms currently located on the grounds of Golden Brook School. Presently, those portables are being paid for by the State, but that deal comes to an end at the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year and Windham taxpayers would have to foot the bill thereafter. According to Acting
Windham Business Administrator Adam Steel, if the addition cost in the neighborhood is $3 million (including furniture, fixtures, and equipment), once the State pays 75% of the price, the maximum impact on Windham taxpayers would be $900,000. The $900,000 could be paid all in one year, Steel explained, thereby avoiding any interest charges, or a five-year bond could be enacted. If the expense were paid for all at once, the one-time impact on property owners would be about $70 on a home assessed at $300,000 for tax purposes, or $105 on a home assessed at $400,000 for tax purposes. If the addition were to be built at Golden Brook for the kindergarten program, there would, subsequently, be room for all the third-grade classes to be relocated from Center School to Golden Brook. The second part of the option being favored by administrators is leasing a six-room portable for Center School. This would alleviate
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Imagination and Expectation: A Magician&#x2019;s Story
by Katie Robinson A captivated audience
awaited Alejandro&#x2019;s Old Tyme Magic Show to start at the Nesmith Library in Windham. As anxious children stood in line waiting, the magician, Andrew Pinard, entertained them with some pre-show tricks. As the doors opened, the room was instantly filled with laughter and giggles as Andrew performed eye- pleasing and captivating magic. The message of the show
was simple: imagination and expectation. &#x201C;All you need to know about magic is how to use your imagination and what to expect from it,&#x201D; said Andrew. The purpose was to teach children about imagination and how to use it based on examples through magic. He showed mind tricks with a spin wheel, where his head looked bigger, then smaller; and other various tricks with props like ropes, rings, wands, balls, and cards to show how your imagination can take you to many places. The second lesson was
how expectation is perceived through the use of magic. When the imagination blossoms, it allows for an expectation to take shape. Children instantly believed
a bunny would jump out of his hat or that the supply of red-nose balls was endless as they appeared throughout the show in various tricks. As the children guessed at the outcomes using their imaginations, parents watched with amusement and awe, wondering, &#x201C;How did he do that?&#x201D; He added sophistication to his presentation by presenting a little adult humor. When asking children to raise their hands if they knew how to tie their shoes, he expressed to the adults that since they didn&#x2019;t raise their hands, that was OK because one of the children who raised their hands in the front will help them learn later.
He called on a few boys and girls to be his assistant. A girl in the front row, Sophia, 5, from Windham, got to be his assistant for a handkerchief trick, where two handkerchiefs &#x2013; one white and one black &#x2013; vivaciously turned into one striped one. His ability to relate to children with magic was clear, as a little girl in the front row shouted out, &#x201C;Oh my gosh, you&#x2019;re so good at that!&#x201D; The majority of captivation and laughter came when his pet, Herman, helped find the mysterious card with writing
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Sophia, 5, from Windham acts as Andrew&#x2019;s assistant for the handkerchief trick
on it and, in doing so, sprayed the audience with water. Andrew&#x2019;s message to his audience was clear; a child&#x2019;s imagination is special and helps define their ability to learn and become educated through expectation. He concluded his show with a message to his audience: &#x201C;Go explore. The world is a wonderful place; go explore
and find stories; make magic all by yourself.&#x201D; After the show, there wasn&#x2019;t one child who wasn&#x2019;t looking through the aisles of the library trying to find a really cool story to bring home to make their own magic. Visit Andrew Pinard&#x2019;s
Website for more information on shows at www.absomagic. com, or contact at 938-5158.
Windham Actors Guild Unites the Community
by Doug Robinson &#x201C;They came out of the woodwork to be a part of Windham&#x2019;s Actors Guild,&#x201D; commented John Hollinger, founder and organizer of Windham Actors Guild. &#x201C;A little over six months ago, this Guild was a dream, and all I did was to put the idea on Facebook. I got over 300 hits from people who told me that they would be interested in starting up an Actors Guild
in Windham. I even got an e-mail from a high school classmate who now works as an attorney in Ohio, who told me he would be happy to help out with getting us through the non-profit paperwork.&#x201D; Nearly 60 actors, ages from elementary to senior, have joined together not only to bring a first-class performance to Windham, but to also unite the community
for a common cause. The Windham Actors Guild is a non- profit, community-based theatre group. Membership is open to all people of all ages who live in Windham and nearby communities. They welcome people of all levels of theatrical ability, according to the Windham Actors Guild. The Guild is currently in the process of putting together their first production: a musical revue titled Windham on Broadway, which will be in production January 14-16.
As the curtain lifts, John is making a phone call to Rich: &#x201C;What if we wrote our own musical; you know, use our town as inspiration? There are a lot of great musicals that we can draw from. I just need to come up with the right music&#x2026; and the right actors&#x2026;and some kind of story line.&#x201D; Directed by Michele Henderson and
Actors have been singing, dancing, and perfecting their skills for their upcoming performance ofWindham on Broadway
choreographed by Jackie Coffin Michele, Windham on Broadway will offer their audience a wonderful musical written, produced, acted, and supported by local talent. To purchase tickets and reserve your seats, visit www.windhamactorsguild.com
and click on upcoming events.
Pack 266 and Santa Donate Toys
submitted by Kimber Leuteritz, Cub Scout Pack 266
Is there a better feeling than helping to bring a smile to a child on Christmas morning? That is what the Cub Scouts of Pack 266 talked about at their monthly Pack meeting on Friday, December 17. This month&#x2019;s theme was &#x201C;Respect.&#x201D; The boys learned about why it is important to treat our flag, country, and each other with respect now and throughout the year. The families and Scouts who attended also brought a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to local charities with children in need this holiday season. To the Scouts&#x2019; surprise, Santa showed up to sing some songs and thank the kids for their good deed. He also ensured he would put their names on the &#x201C;nice list.&#x201D; Then, the Scouts and their siblings (in their PJs) grabbed their pillows and some popcorn and settled down to watch Dr. Seuss&#x2019; How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Thank you very much to Chunky&#x2019;s movie theater for donating the popcorn, and thank you to Santa Claus for our surprise visit!
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staff photo by Doug Robinson
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