The July 21, 2015 School Board meeting was scheduled as a workshop meeting with the newly appointed Building and Grounds Committee to discuss facilities survey questions. Board members Ken Eyring, Daniel Popovic-Muller and Tom Murray were present.
The meeting began with the announcement that Panorama, the Boston-based survey company the Board voted to contract with on June 2, 2015 (3-2, Breton and Senibaldi opposed) and again on July 7, 2015 (3-1, Breton opposed), has backed out of working with the Windham School District. The Board indicated that they were looking for another survey company.
School Board Chair Ken Eyring stated that the reason for the meeting was to figure out the purpose of the survey and what the town is willing to support. School Board member Daniel Popovici-Muller stated that he would like to present the public with a base option and then see what residents are willing to pay over and above that.
A member of the Building and Grounds Committee said that he is skeptical about starting with a questionaire to the public to figure out what the threshold is for education. He expressed concern that the survey discussion has already pushed back the timeline for moving forward with a facilities plan by 2 months, from September 1 to November 1. Other Committee members weighed in on the survey and offered suggestions for questions.
Mr. Pratte, the newly hired Windham School District Facilities Manager, weighed in about the overcrowding in the Windham School District. He stated that there are Life Safety issues in the District noting that, “If you increase the Middle School by twenty or so kids, theoretically the state may come in and shut us down. We are at the point where the major part of the Life Safety concern is because of the capacity issue.”
Members of the public commented on the need for a survey. One resident addressed the Board and said, “We have elected you to lead. I want you to do your work, do your research, and make a decision. I do not understand why we are waiting again and again for survey questions to go out there.”
After hearing additional public input, the Board decided not to pursue a facilities survey. They agreed that the next step should be to choose an architect to begin further vetting Option 2.
The next School Board Meeting is Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at the Windham Town Hall.
At the July 13, 2015 Windham School Board meeting, the Board voted to hire Dr. Tina McCoy as the Interim Superintendent of Schools, through June 30, 2016. (Vote: 4-1, Dennis Senibaldi opposed)
Dr. McCoy is the owner and Executive Director of McCoy Educational Consulting and was previously employed by the Windham School District as Director of Student Services for eight years.
School Board Chair, Ken Eyring indicated that he'd like the search for a permanent Superintendent to begin sooner rather than later. Daniel Popovici-Muller said he would like the process to begin in early fall, depending on when the Board gets a recommendation of when the proper time to conduct the search would be. Rob Breton noted that he would like to see the District utilize a search firm to assist in the process for a permanent Superintendent because he doesn't believe the five school board members are qualified to evaluate the proper candidate like a professional who does that for a living would be able to.
For a transcript of some of the individual Board member comments please click here.
The next public School Board meeting is scheduled for July 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Community Development Department located at 3 N. Lowell Road in Windham
There is a School Board meeting today, July 9, 2015 at 2:30 PM at the SAU 95 Office on Rte 111 in Windham.
The only agenda item listed under Main Issues/Policy Updates is Minutes from the non-public meeting July 6, 2015.
It is our understanding that the Board sealed the minutes from the July 6 meeting for 50 years, so we are uncertain what will transpire today.
The Board has not yet announced who will be the interim superintendent and did indicate that a decision could be reached as early as this week. There may or may not be an update at today's meeting.
Please attend if you are available at 2:30 PM today.
At the June 30, 2015 School Board meeting, the Board appointed Kori Becht as the acting Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1, 2015. Mrs. Becht was previously the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and will serve in this appointed position until an Interim Superintendent is selected.
The candidates for interim Superintendent are Adam Steel, Tina McCoy and Jeffrey Herr. Mr. Steel is currently the Director of Business, Finance and Operations for the Windham School District. Dr. McCoy is the owner and Executive Director of McCoy Educational Consulting. Mr. Herr is employed as the Head of School and Senior Regional Director of K12 Middle East.
On June 23, the public had an opportunity to question the three candidates during a public forum at Windham High School. On Monday, June 29, Mr. Herr traveled from Utah to Windham and was interviewed by the School Board. On that day, he also met with several residents in an unpublicized Meet and Greet. Subsequent Meet and Greets for Mr. Herr were held on Tuesday, June 30.
There is a non-public School Board meeting scheduled for June 6, 2015. The next public School Board meeting is on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Community Development Department located at 3 N. Lowell Road.
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