Windham LINK, along with much of the community, heard that several after school activities have been suspended at Windham High School. We have been in contact with School Board member Dennis Senibaldi who has provided some information. We are hoping the Superintendent, Richard Langlois, will provided further clarification at the next School Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
It is our understanding that school clubs with stipends pay an amount to the educator who facilitates the club. The number of clubs that have a stipend position must be approved by the Windham Education Association (WEA), the teachers’ Union, and included in their contract with the District.
According to Senibaldi, “About four or five months ago, it came to light that there were many clubs across the District with stipends attached that were not part of the approved WEA contract. The clubs have operated this way for years so this is not a new situation.”
Senibaldi further stated that, “In an attempt to rectify this, the School Board and the Administration requested that building Principals look into what clubs were active and come up with a list for the Administration to negotiate with the Union. This was done and all listed clubs put forward were funded by the District, approved by the Union and signed off by the School Board.”
Senibaldi also explained, “Because there have been significant changes in how clubs are run and budgets managed, a series of miscommunications occurred at multiple levels within our District. We are working together to rectify this.”
This issue is on the agenda for the February 28, 2017 School Board Meeting at 7 PM at the Community Development Department, 3 North Lowell Road. At the beginning of each meeting there is time for public input.
If you cannot attend, but you would like your input considered, you can email the full Board at Wsb@windhamsd.org. You must ask that your letter be read aloud during the Public Input portion of the meeting. This allows for your opinion to be entered into public record, recorded, and shared with the community. (If you do not want it read aloud, you can still weigh in by emailing.)
We welcome your comments, but you must be a real person. Please provide your first and last name. Any comments that are not viewed as appropriate by LINK will not be approved. Thank you!