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.
Windham High also is adjusting.
“Through efforts at Windham High School to reconfigure the internal schedule of their students, the high school has made available four classrooms and some related office/service space for use by these (Golden Brook) classrooms,” the notice read.
They are in the same wing as the pre-school program, on the first floor of the “G” wing at the school with a dedicated parking lot and entrance.
The announcement said teachers were combining classrooms at Windham High to make the process work.
Parents will be able to directly drop off and pick up their Golden Brook students at the high school or Golden Brook, from where they will be bused to and from the high school.
The Golden Brook students will have meals at the high school, but won’t mix with the high schoolers.
“In large measure, we will be able to segregate students at Windham High School from the high school during the school day,” the notice said.
Administrators outlined benefits to students.
“Golden Brook School will be able to reclaim the library, the occupational therapy room, the special education resource room and ensure that each kindergarten class will again have their own classroom,” they said.
“Appropriate special education and related services will be delivered as required by the needs of the students,” the memo said.
Besides Monday’s informational meeting for parents, the School Board is expected to hear from Feneberg on Tuesday about the future of the portable classrooms.
The board convenes at 6 p.m. in the Community Development offices, 3 North Lowell Road.
It’s unclear whether the board will be able to make a decision at this point.
Feneberg on Wednesday said he expected engineering consultants would be working on the issue for several days.
The superintendent has praised the school’s staff this week.
“The spirit of cooperation and can-do attitude is phenomenal,” Feneberg said.