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February 15, 2014

Windham third-graders move to high school

Mold forces third-graders to attend Windham High

WINDHAM — Some third-graders at Golden Brook School are getting a big and very early promotion to the high school.

School officials, responding to problems with a leaky roof over portable classrooms and concerns about mold, announced the move yesterday.

Four classes are shifting to the high school when they return from vacation on March 3.

The move is for the duration of the school year.

“While we recognize the impact of this change both to Windham High School and to Golden Brook School, the district and school administration believe that this is the best course of action available to us,” said a notice to parents signed by Superintendent Winfried Feneberg, Golden Brook principal Christi Michaud and other administrators.

The move affects between 80 to 90 students.

Parents will be able to ask questions at a previously scheduled informational forum set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at Golden Brook.

“While we recognize this change of plans is significant and unexpected, we count on your patience in working with us to make this plan work for the benefit of all students in our district,” the administrators told parents.

The announcement capped a week in which the leaky roof prompted administrators to move 160 students in eight third-grade classes from the portables on Monday and Tuesday and into the main building.

Officials later confirmed the presence of mold in the portables.

The decision yesterday means four third-classes will remain at Golden Brook in temporary classes.

“Even though we are removing four classrooms from Golden Brook School, four classrooms will remain displaced inside the Golden Brook School building,” adminstrators told parents. “As a result, we will no longer have the use of the art room, music room, computer lab and kindergarten intervention program classroom.”

The administrators said they would continue to make accommodations to ensure the best possible instructional program.

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