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Pelham - Windham News March 4, 2011 - 11


SHS Students Win Engineering Competitions


submitted by Norma Bursaw, Science Teacher, Salem High School Three Salem High School seniors presented their projects from the 2010 NH Science and Engineering Expo to the NH Society of Professional Engineers (NHSPE) at their annual conference on Thursday, February 17. Kristina Terrio of Windham and Anthony D’Onofrio of Salem had won the Pasta Bridge competition, and Jonathan Gallant, also of Salem, took first place for the Paper Tower Challenge. NHSPE had awarded the students with scholarship funds for winning the engineering competitions. The students explained their projects to the engineers and also had the opportunity to learn about careers in engineering. NHSEE will be held March 17 at the NH Technical Institute in Concord. For more information, visit www.nhsee.org.


Governor Lynch Opposes Bill to Let Students Drop Out of School


Anthony D’Onofrio, Jonathan Gallant, and Kristina Terrio, all Salem High School seniors. Anthony and Kristina won first place for the 2010 NH Science and Engineering Expo Pasta Bridge competition, and Jonathan Gallant and Jimmy Wilder won first place for the Paper Tower competition


submitted by Colin Manning On Tuesday, March 1, Governor John Lynch said legislation that would let students drop out of school at age 16 will jeopardize the state’s success in reducing the high school dropout rate and undercut New Hampshire’s successful economic development strategy. Governor Lynch sent a letter to the House Education Committee opposing House Bill 429, which would lower the state’s high school compulsory attendance age from 18 to 16. In 2007, Governor Lynch led the effort to raise the compulsory attendance age to 18, and to increase support for alternative education programs for those students most at-risk of dropping out. The changes are showing success. In the 2008-2009 school year, the first year the increased age was in effect, New Hampshire cut its annual high school dropout rate by 30 percent.


“Increasing the compulsory attendance age in 2007 was a bipartisan effort. We realized the old standard – set in 1903 – no longer met the demands of today’s economy. In 1903, a student


submitted by the American College of History and Legal Studies An essay contest on American history open to community college students in New England is being sponsored by the American College of History and Legal Studies (ACHLS) in Salem. The deadline for entries has been extended to May 1. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. on May 1 and winners will be determined by May 20. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize; the second-place winner, $500; and the third-place winner, $250. Entrants must be enrolled in an Associate Degree program. Entrants can select any topic they choose related to U.S. history, but must limit their submission to 1,000 words or less, according to Maureen C. Mooney, Associate Dean of the new college, located at 1 Stiles Road, Suite 104, Salem, NH 03079.


ACHLS Extends Essay Contest Deadline America today?


• What can be done to prevent religious intolerance in our society today? To be considered, the essay must be double- spaced and typed in 12-point, Times New Roman font.


Submissions can be about any topic relevant to American history. Sample essay topics might be: • Compare the modern “Tea Party” movement to its Revolutionary War era ancestor.


• Is American history repeating itself? • Choose a pre-Revolutionary War figure who is still relevant today.


• How has the immigration of different ethnic and religious groups to this country contributed to


Entrants must also submit a cover sheet that includes their name, phone number, e-mail address, mailing address, the community college they attend, their major(s), if known, and the year anticipated for graduation to obtain their Associate Degree. Essays and cover letters can be hand-delivered, mailed, or e-mailed to the ACHLS at info@achls. org. The American College of History and Legal Studies was created by the Massachusetts School of Law. The ACHLS is an affordable “completion” college offering the junior and senior years of undergraduate study toward a bachelor’s degree in history and legal studies. All classes exclusively use the discussion (not lecture) method of teaching. ACHLS offers an “Early Admission to Law School” program, whereby qualified students can combine their senior year of college with their first year of law school at the Massachusetts School of Law. For more information, visit www. achls.org or e-mail info@achls.org.


Architectural and Engineering- continued from front page


• Renovation of the Windham Middle School with a two-house structure (grades 5-8)


• Use of Windham Center School (without renovation; grades 3-4)


• Renovation of Golden Brook School (grades Preschool-2)


• Completion of athletic fields at Windham High School (this phase can be added to any of the other phases as desired) The School Board accepted this recommendation and asked the Committee to move forward on conceptual designs and costs. Reports and analysis from the Facilities Master Planning Committee can be found at http://www.windhamsd.org/schbdinfo/ facilitiesplanning.cfm. Moving forward, the Facilities Master Planning Committee will be refining conceptual costs estimates and recommending plan phasing to the School Board. This final report will be presented to the Windham School Board later this spring. A permanent kindergarten wing at Golden Brook is a component of the Master Plan and, given available State funding, was recommended to the School Board by the Facilities Committee for consideration this year. Article 3, the warrant article to support the Architectural and Engineering process, is needed to move forward with the Facilities Master plan and includes the following:


Article 3 – Architectural and Engineering – proposed services for 2011: • Site Testing and Investigations: This is a due-diligence effort to verify site conditions on the WMS site, including the items listed below. This effort will ensure all proposed site and building designs are intelligently designed and economically feasible. All site data gathered during this effort will inform the site and building designs further. While there is some limited site information available (which has, to date, informed the site and building designs), some information is still missing or in need of updating. We will draw from previous surveys and reports to provide the following information and reports: o Wetlands Survey (performed by Wetlands Scientist to verify on site wetlands and protected habitats)


o Perimeter Survey (verify property lines, setbacks, and easements)


o Topographic Survey (verifying existing grading)


o Phase 1 Environmental Assessment (verifying existing site contaminants and potential issues, such as buried fuel tanks, hazardous contaminants, etc.)


o Geotechnical Borings (Geotechnical Engineer to verify existing site make- up in areas planning to be disturbed to verify soil conditions, ledge, and


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o Geotechnical Test-pits (Geotechnical Engineer to oversee test-pits to verify soil conditions and drainage ability in areas to have drainage and wastewater improvements. This information will inform septic and waste-water designs).


• Schematic Design: This is an effort will take the first phase project (WMS expansion) from Conceptual Design, created as part of the Master Plan, into Schematic Design. This includes more detailed Architectural Design and Drawings, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Fire Protection and Plumbing, and Electrical Engineering. All work performed under this partial schematic design will be credited towards the final A/E fees after a successful bond vote for the Construction of the WMS expansion.


• Detailed Construction Estimate/GMP Preparation: This effort will include selecting a Construction Manager and working with them to prepare a full detailed construction estimate and schedule. This estimate will be used to set a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Contract prior to a presentation of a bond to the voters.


who left school at 16 could get a good-paying job and have the opportunity for a better life,” Governor Lynch wrote to the committee. “We all recognize that is no longer true. Today, most organizations, including the U.S. military, require at least a high school diploma.” At a time when other states are facing dropout


rates of near-epidemic proportions, New Hampshire has become a national model for addressing this serious issue. The state’s annual dropout rate is just 1.7 percent. The results from the 2009-2010 school year will soon be released, and it is expected that there has been a continued reduction in the number of students leaving school without earning a diploma or a GED. “In order to remain competitive and to keep companies here in New Hampshire, we must ensure that all our students have every opportunity to graduate from high school. Failure to do so threatens our state’s economic future,” Governor Lynch wrote. “I urge you not to turn back the clock on the progress we have made.”


U.S. Department of Labor Grant to Help NH Workers with Health Insurance Payments


submitted by the U.S. Department of Labor The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a $744,000 grant to provide partial premium payments for health insurance coverage to about 150 jobless workers in New Hampshire. Funds also will be used to upgrade the state’s existing benefit payment system. “Being without health care coverage can be one of the most stressful aspects of losing one’s job,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “When workers have some assurance that their coverage will continue beyond a layoff, they can better focus on the task at hand: finding another good job that leads to long-term career opportunities.” The grant, awarded to the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, will be used to provide “gap filler” payments for unemployed individuals who are receiving Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits


and are eligible for the Health Coverage Tax Credit program. Under the program, eligible individuals can receive 80 percent of premium costs for qualified health insurance programs. The payments provided through this grant


cover the gap period; that is, the time it takes to complete Internal Revenue Service enrollment, processing, and first payments under the HCTC program. The state of New Hampshire will provide two to three months of gap filler payments for each participant. New Hampshire also will use part of these funds to upgrade the state’s existing benefits payment system. National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit www. doleta.gov/NEG.


Concord Recycling Co-Op - continued from front page


When asked if they would consider waiving the bid process, however, selectmen denied Poulson’s request. “Going out to bid usually gets the best price,” Hohenberger said. “And serves to make the process totally transparent.


Selectman Ross McLeod said he “emphatically concurs” with Hohenberger. “The town has the responsibility to craft the best bid specifications possible,” Chairman Charles McMahon added.


Town Administrator Dave


Sullivan said it would be possible to conduct open pre- bid conferences with potential vendors and that it is permissible to negotiate with the low bidder. Plans are to hold a future


workshop on the single-stream issue during a regular Monday night selectmen’s meeting. Poulson said the existing contract with Integrated Paper expires at the end of 2011.


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