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October 11, 2012

Pelham, Windham on track for friendly breakup of SAU

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LaBranche said renovation could take four to six months and administrators have concluded it would make sense for Pelham and Windham to share the existing SAU 28 offices in Windham during that time. “For those several months, we’d like to think we could work together,” LaBranche said.

That would spare Pelham rental costs and let officials put the money to better use.

The communities will have to decide how to divide about $60,000 in furnishings, but business administrator Adam Steel sees no major obstacles to the breakup in technology or transportation services. Steel said each district will have to determine whether to hire someone to work with the busing contractor or make that part of another administrator’s duties.

Windham School Board member Michelle Farrell asked Steel whether there would be opportunities for the two districts to continue to work together for savings on purchases.

“You’d be crazy not to,” Steel said. “I think that would be advantageous for both districts.”

LaBranche called for the last SAU 28 board meeting to take place in Pelham.

He suggested that is fitting because it was the location for the first SAU meeting as a two-town district more than two decades ago.

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