Windham LINK to Education has prepared a series of articles that review the 2017 School District Warrant and Budget. We hope that this will help you make an informed decision on Election Day, March 14, 2017.
Warrant Article 3
This Warrant Article asks voters to approve $547K for the expansion of the new gym proposed in the Golden Brook School (GBS) reconstruction project. The proposed GBS reconstruction is presented in Warrant Article 2.
New GBS Gym as is included in Warrant Article 2 compared to new GBS Gym with expansion provided for in Article 3:
Included in Article 2 Expansion with Article 3
7,000 square feet 9,009 square feet
One basketball court Two basketball courts
No bleachers Bleachers for 500 people
If Article 3 passes, the proposed GBS gym included in Article 2 would be expanded to increase the capacity for school athletic practices and games, as well as provide additional courts for Town Recreation programs.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If Article 2 does not pass, Article 3 becomes null and void. This is not a stand-alone improvement to the current gym at Golden Brook School. This is considered an “add-on” should Warrant Article 2 pass.
The tax impact for the first full year of the bond or note will be $0.02 per thousand of property valuation. For a home valued at $350,000 the tax impact would be $7 for the first full year of the bond or note. For a home valued at $500,000, the tax impact would be $10 for the first full year.
Other Warrant Articles
Warrant Article 4 is directly linked to Warrant Article 2, and provides for enhancements to Warrant Article 2. Stay tuned for our summary of Warrant Article 4, the addition of a soccer field at Windham Middle School, and other Articles including the purchase of land adjacent to GBS, addressing the traffic issue at Windham Center School, contracts, and establishing a Special Education Capital Reserve Fund.
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Article 3 warrant language as of 2/28/2017:
“Shall the Windham School District vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $547,000 for the purpose of an approximately 2,000 square foot expansion of the gym at Golden Brook School; and authorize the issuance of not more than $547,000 of bonds or notes under and in compliance with the Municipal Finance Act, RSA 33:1 et seq., as amended; and to authorize the School Board to apply for, obtain and accept federal, state or other aid, if any, which may be available for said project and to comply with all laws applicable to said project; and to authorize the School Board to issue, negotiate, sell and deliver said bonds and notes and to determine the rate of interest thereon and the maturity and other terms thereof; and to authorize the School Board to take any other action to carry out this vote; and to further raise and appropriate the additional sum of $11,963.99 for the first year’s payment on the bonds or notes?” If Article 2 does not pass, this article shall be null and void.
Sources: Windham Local School New Hampshire Warrant and Budget 2017 - January 27, 2017, Windham School District Deliberative Session - February 10, 2017, Windham School District 2017 Voter’s Guide - February 21, 2017 and February 28, 2017, Windham School Board meeting presentations by architects, engineers and construction managers - 2016-2017.
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