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July 11, 2013

Board pushes ahead with Windham school plans

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“Are we going to have ballpark numbers?” she asked. “I would have a hard time deciding what to do and give input if I didn’t know how much things are going to cost.”

Joanis said the forum is intended for people to share their opinions and preferences. School officials will firm up numbers later, he said.

While Joanis conceded one option is to do nothing, he said it’s clear the board essentially is already making a decision that is unacceptable.

“We’re off and running with this,” he said.

The board, meanwhile, has directed member Jerome Rekart and business administrator Adam Steel to meet with the Community Improvement Committee on July 19 to discuss what funding the district will seek through the CIP plan for school roof improvements.

Joanis also said the board intends to take a new look at enrollment projections.

Enrollment projections came under fire earlier this year from opponents of the new middle school project who questioned their validity.

The community discussion on school facilities is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 23 at Town Hall.

Under the schedule outlined by Joanis, the board will settle on what facility improvements to bring before voters as soon as November.

A bond hearing would be Jan. 17, the school deliberative session on Feb. 7 and Town Meeting on March 11.

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