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2 - April 6, 2012 | Pelham - Windham News Windham Destination ImagiNation Teams Going to Global Finals

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Windham teams who competed in the Destination ImagiNation state tournament have won the opportunity to be part of Team New Hampshire competing at Global Finals after placing fi rst and second in their challenges in the state tournament this past weekend with the remaining teams placing fourth and seventh in their team challenge. With several

hundred teams statewide participating in the New Hampshire Destination ImagiNation (DI) program this year, it is truly an honor for the Windham teams to be three of the 39 teams selected to represent the state of New Hampshire at this international event.

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Challenge include Melanie Fraiser, Yasmine Ebeed, Jaycee Greenberg, Amanda Bono, Jenny Terrell and Isabella Capone with Frannie Greenberg and Ted Chase as Team Managers. On the two remaining teams, both of whom competed in the Fine Arts challenge, were Zach Horton, Max Horton, James White and Neil Rea with Cheryl Yennaco, Marcie Furse and Kaylee

that there will be more than 15,000 people joined together for the world’s largest celebration of creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Destination ImagiNation (DI) is an after-school

activity in which students work in teams of up to seven members to solve mind-bending challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments throughout the country. Every year, 100,000 students across the United States and in more than 30 countries are taught creative thinking, teamwork and problem solving

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Windham Center School in the Structure Challenge include Liam Smell, Amanda Smith, Eleanor Chan, Alex Pessinis, Chris Burke, Jared Stivala and Nick Pessinis with Terri Pessinis and Sharon Chan as Team Managers. The members of team representing Windham Middle School in the Scientifi c Challenge include Athena Chan, Areem Siddiqi, Cierra Cowan, Caroline Rubery, Madalyn Caiado, Victoria Wiciel and Julie Sanders with Gina Rubery as Team Manager. The members of team representing Windham High School in the Structure

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Greenberg as Team Managers and Silla Alawa, Rachel Schloss, Kate MacLeod, Jenna Ebeed, Olivia Panzini, Deema Alawa and Taryn Smell with Carrie MacLeod and Dahlia Ebeed as Team managers.

More than 1,000 of the season’s highest scoring teams from around the world are scheduled to attend these Global Finals and it is anticipated

Global Finals tournament, which will showcase this creative thinking and problem solving, is being held in

May at the University of Tennessee. The Windham teams are very excited about this opportunity they have earned. As part of their DI challenge, they have been working very hard for several months doing research, building props, scenery and technical devices, learning presentation skills and continuously stretching their imaginations to think outside the box.

by Diane Chubb

Pelham Needs New Home for SAU Offi ces The transition team also

One of the biggest outcomes of the March town elections didn’t even involve Pelham voters. But the results will certainly affect their taxes. Windham residents

overwhelmingly voted to split the existing School Administrative Unit (SAU). Until now, Pelham and Windham have shared an SAU, including the building, administrative staff and costs. Now, Pelham will have

until July 1, 2013, to house its own SAU and hire its own superintendent and staff.

Moreover, Pelham will not be able to take advantage of the purchasing power that it enjoyed with Windham that resulted in cost savings. Pelham will now have an estimated $400,000 more in costs for the SAU over the $650,000 for which it was already responsible. Those costs will have to be absorbed by taxpayers. The question of where to house the SAU and staffi ng is being addressed by the Pelham School Board.

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School Board meeting, Brian Carton stated that multiple offers for housing of the SAU have been received. Business Administrator Adam Steel said that he has been approached by individuals who either have property to sell to the district or know of someone who does. However, before the district can consider a facility, the board needs to develop a program, says Carton. The Board is being encouraged to consider the requirements and needs for operating their own SAU and then to address the facilities needs. On Monday, April 2, members of the School Board met with members of the Windham School Board to discuss the transition. Leadership requirements for each SAU were discussed, as well as core administrative responsibilities, staffi ng options and housing requirements.

began preparation of a transition plan, noting how it will impact the 2012-2013 school year. Carton attended the transition meeting on Monday. “Our fi rst meeting was mostly informational. Both boards have a lot of information to review,” he stated. “Each board will have their own respective decisions to approve, and the SAU must approve some items at our joint meeting on May 8.” Currently, Pelham and

Windham are part of the same school administrative unit (SAU). The SAU staff services both the Pelham and Windham school districts. Costs for the SAU are also shared by both school districts. Pelham pays 49 percent of the costs, while Windham pays 51 percent. Since the SAU was formed, both Pelham and Windham school districts have experienced tremendous growth. Windham has constructed its own high school, and the SAU staff has increased to provide each district with its own business administrator. Both school districts face overcrowding and a lack of core space for students.

New Hampshire RSA 194

C-2 governs the procedure for a district to withdraw from an SAU. The Windham School Board was required to get voter approval to put together a planning committee. This committee was charged with

preparing a recommendation plan for dissolution, including a timetable and the costs for the remaining district. The NH Department of Education had to approve the dissolution plan. Once approved by the state, the question of dissolution was put to Windham voters, and required a 2/3 majority vote. Windham voters overwhelmingly chose to split the SAU. Pelham voter approval was not required. When an SAU is dissolved,

the school district that leaves the SAU will be assigned a new number. As Windham is leaving, it will be assigned a new number, and Pelham will remain as SAU 28. State law requires a school district to belong to an SAU. NH RSA 194-C, which governs the School Administrative Units, requires that each school administrative unit or single school district provide superintendent services, including administrative services, accounting services, human resource services, and curriculum assessment. Generally, a district will accomplish this by hiring a superintendent, a business manager, a human resource person, a special education coordinator, and secretarial staff.

Further, because the current SAU is housed in Windham, Pelham must also locate a facility to house the administrative staff.

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