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Doubt Lingers Over State Funding for Kindergarten Addition
Pelham~Windham News Volume 8 Number 38 April 15, 2011 20 Pages Home Improvement Senior Center Opens with Ribbon-Cutting
by Barbara O’Brien Windham School District Business Administrator Adam Steel has issued what he termed “an alert” to members of the local School Board. On April 5, Steel informed school officials that the State operating budget (2011-2012) had been finalized by the New Hampshire State House of Representatives and passed on to the State Senate without including kindergarten building aid. Windham voters passed an eight-room addition to Golden Brook Elementary School during this past March’s annual balloting, based on 75-perceny State funding for the approximate $2 million project. According to Steel, there are only two communities in New Hampshire that applied for the kindergarten building aid for the upcoming school year, which begins on July 1. “We need to accelerate the building design process,” School Board member Bruce Anderson said. “We need to get all the information in place before June 30.” In addition to Windham, the only other
town applying for kindergarten building aid is Wilton/Lyndeborough. Steel said he believes that the kindergarten funding not being included in the finalized State operating budget is merely “an oversight.” “I expect the issue to be rectified,” he told School Board members. There is precedence for retaining the funding, Steel said, because the law was in effect when Windham voters passed the warrant article last month. “There is no cause for alarm yet,” he commented. Should the State funding disappear, Steel explained, the building addition “could be killed by the School Board.” The warrant article was written so as to be dependent on receiving the majority of the cost from State coffers. Presently, public kindergarten classes in Windham are housed in portable classrooms. The lease on the portables is being currently being paid for with State money, but that will end in another year and a permanent solution will need to be found.
One other option, according to Steel,
would be for Windham to hold a special school district meeting, if approved by the State, to provide voters an opportunity to decide if they want to continue with the building project by paying for it totally out of local funding. This is only the second year that
Windham has operated a public kindergarten program. It was one of the last two towns in the United States to implement a public kindergarten program. The other was Hudson.
On the recommendation of School Board Chairman Ed Gallagher, a letter will be sent to the State Senators representing Windham urging them to “fight for” the kindergarten building aid.
If the project is built as originally intended, it is anticipated that the building would be ready for occupancy by kindergartners next February 28.
Competitive event winners Cortney Parece, Brianna Trainer, Shannon Oriole, Tyler Racca, Richie Sullivan, Amanda Mackey, Kristina Danevich, and Ben Harris
Front: Shannon Oriole, Tyler Racca, Kamara Mickle, Iris Hur, Rich Sullivan, Amanda Mackey, Steve Spirou. Back: Cortney Parece, Brianna Trainer, Jen Negron, Kristina Danevich, Clay Morin, Cherie Filistowicz, Ben Carton, Ben Harris. Missing: Alex Kyzer
by Len Lathrop With this addition, the positive place for seniors on 8 Nashua Road in Pelham is now double in size, and includes extra amenities, ramp ways, a handicapped-accessible bathroom, and space for many activities and events. “This gorgeous addition wasn’t easy,” mentioned Council on Aging Chairman Don Brunelle, “but it has turned out great using only $139,000 of tax dollars and $140,000 from the Building Fund that the seniors had saved.” When the moment came to cut the ribbon, Charlie Hobbs, who spent his childhood in the 100-year-old farmhouse before it became the Senior Center, did the honors, and was helped by those who made the addition a reality. William T. “Spike” Hayes, who grew up two houses up on Nashua Road, remembered passing the home in later years when Charlie’s elderly father sat in a wicker wheelchair on the porch of the family home. Hayes stated that the wheelchair was still in the farmhouse’s attic. Sue Hovling, Senior Center Director, stated that she was excited that she could see what she called an eight-year project and a dream finally open as she prepares to retire on April 29. As the ribbon dropped, Brunelle thanked those involved in the project, noting that everyone worked together to see the building done. “We thank the voters who came out to give us their support,” he concluded.
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Charlie Hobbs cuts the ribbon with the help of Diane Brunelle, Don Brunelle, Bill McDevitt, Pelham Selectman, hidden in back; Charlie Hobbs, Sue Hovling, Roland Soucy, Pelham Building Inspector and Project Supervisor; Anne Marie Vawter, architect; and Tom Gaydos, Pelham Town Manager
Pelham High School FBLA Wins Big at Spring Leadership Conference
submitted by Wendy Dorval, Pelham High School Sixteen Pelham High School students participated in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Spring Leadership Conference on March 31. Fifty percent of the participants placed in academic competitive events as follows: • Accounting I: Ben Harris, first place • Business Plan: Brianna Trainer and Cortney Parece as a team, third place
• Computer Applications: Shannon Oriole, first place • Impromptu Speaking: Kristina Danevich, first place with distinction
• Sports Management: Richie Sullivan, first place, and Tyler Racca, second place
• Word Processing II: Amanda Mackey, third place Congratulations to junior Ben Harris for winning the election and a seat on the State Leadership Team, which means he will be one of six high school students from a variety of New Hampshire high schools to represent FBLA at the state level! Also congratulations to Clay Morin for being recognized in the Who’s Who in FBLA. Clay has worked tirelessly overseeing our biggest fundraiser— Hot and Delicious Otis Spunkmeyer Cookies, which are sold twice a week during lunch. The money raised through this fundraiser pays the hotel costs at the conference and also gives the club the ability to treat the seniors to a Pizza Hut buffet lunch on our return from the conference. FBLA senior students who compete in the Spring Leadership Conference and have 75 percent attendance at all of our meetings through the year will be given an FBLA honor cord at the Academic Awards in June. I’d like to recognize the Business Department and especially our Computer Applications teachers, Ms. Byrne and Ms. Wagner, for their part in teaching computer skills to our students. FBLA has won in Computer Applications every year since we have been attending the conference. This can be directly linked to the superb teaching skill and the technology that Pelham High School offers.
Town of Windham Hosts Animal Clinic
by Doug Robinson The Town of Windham, in conjunction with the Town Clerk’s
Kristen Sudati and dog Lucy take a minute for some nail clipping while visiting the Fair
Office, hosted their first Animal Clinic at Griffin Park. The purpose of the clinic was to offer the owners of pets the opportunity to register, vaccinate, pedicure, and visit with a variety of local businesses that specialize in pet care, pet supplies, and nutrition. Even “ferrets are welcome,” stated the announcement. Pugs to poodles, shepherds to sheep dogs, and Labradors to dogs called Lassie marched into Griffin Park for their registration and vaccinations. The Town of Windham has a registry of 2,300 dogs, and after two hours of registration, and additional 1,328 dogs had been registered. Granite State Veterinary offered vaccinations for rabies and whooping cough.
Dogs Kensi and Otis take a break while Emily and Jamie look on
Roxi is all poop’d out and has decided to rest while visiting and playing with her friends at Griffin Park
staff photos by Len Lathrop
staff photos by Doug Robinson
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