Dennis Senibaldi is Voting “Yes” on Warrant Article 2!
To My Fellow Windham Residents and Friends:
By the time you see this letter, there will only be 6 days left until the election. Every day between now and then is important towards getting the word out on a critical warrant article, the Golden Brook renovations. This warrant articles will have far-reaching implications for positive improvements to the district and community as a whole. I would like to address this issues.
First, the renovation at Golden Brook has been in the making for a long time and is a comprehensive fix to the entire district’s overcrowding situation. I am proud to have been a part of this process, and I am hopeful that the residents come out to support it. By renovating Golden Brook School, it allows three schools actually to reap the benefits.
Starting at Windham Center School, we will be able to reduce that down to a two grade school thereby eliminating overcrowding issues and traffic safety issues. I am sure we have all had the pleasure of getting stuck in front of the school during drop off and pick up times. Outside of changing the grade configuration very little work will be done at this school.
Windham Middle School will also see a reduction from three grades down to two. This particular school suffers the most with significant overcrowding issues and lacks certification as a true middle school. The project will not only help reduce overcrowding but will also address the certification issue. Included in this project, and the crux of the certification issue, will be the construction of proper science labs and a family and consumer science section. (FACS) These are items listed as the number one priority to fix in a recent town survey and necessary for certification as a true middle school.
As the center point of this construction project, Golden Brook will see the most significant changes since its construction over four decades ago. If you have not seen any of the plans I would suggest visiting the district’s website to review the posted materials; it is quite impressive. (www.windhamsd.org) It has been a long journey to get to this point with multiples models and configurations evaluated over an extended period. In the end, it was determined that making Golden Brook a k-4 model would be the most efficient and effective way to solve comprehensively the district’s overcrowding issues. Throughout this process, the School Board had engaged industry experts in educational construction, local construction experts, (facilities committee) and relied heavily on the input from our educational leaders in the district who work the front lines every day with our children. This input from our educational experts was crucial to make sure the project would meet the needs of the district.
I know that there are always competing ideas on how to fix these issues but I think from an efficiency standpoint, and most importantly, from an educational standpoint, this project will solve a decade old problem. To that end, I would respectfully ask your support for this project by voting yes on Warrant Article 2 on March 8th.