School budget vote notice

WINDHAM IS STILL PART OF THE UNIFIED DISTRICT FOR LELAND & GRAY (even though we voted at Town Meeting to withdraw, that will not be in effect for the upcoming school year)

About the School Budget—It’s time to talk! Come to the informational meeting about the new vote for the school budget for Grades 7 to 12 being held at Leland and Gray at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 25th. The West River board members will answer every question you wish to ask! And, what is that “equalized pupil” figure all about? They can explain that formula so it makes more sense. Here is some good news! The unified school budget for all the grades, Pre-K to 12, actually does reflect savings (about $700,000) compared to what the individual school budgets for these five schools would have totaled before unification. Your vote on the Re-Warned  School Budget impacts all the schools in our district.

About the School Budget—It’s time to VOTE!  Early and absentee ballots for the new vote for the school budget for Grades 7 to 12 are available at your Town Clerk’s office. Voting continues all day on Tuesday, April 30th, from 10 AM until 7 PM at the Windham Town Office. Your vote on the Re-Warned School Budget impacts all the schools in our district. What is the vote about? It’s the second part of the school budget that voters did not approve last month. This vote is for the upper grades. Here’s what you will see on the ballot:  Shall the voters of West River Modified Education District approve the school board to expend $6,402,943 for grades 7 – 12, which is the amount the school board has determined to be necessary for the ensuing fiscal year?    — It is estimated that this proposed budget, if approved, will result in education spending of $22,369 per equalized pupil.

Absentee voting available in Windham Town Office:

April 27, Saturday 8 AM – NOON

April 29,  Monday 12 PM – 8 PM

Election Day voting available in Windham Town Office:

April 30, Tuesday, 10 AM – 7 PM

Lowell Lake Working Group

See attached information from Forests, Parks and Recreation for upgrading and increasing visitors to Lowell Lake State Park in Londonderry.

Subject: Lowell Lake State Park – Meeting Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 PM at Neighborhood Connections

Lowell Lake Working Group

Proposed Agenda

March 28, 2019, 6:30 PM

Neighborhood Connections, 5700 Mountain Marketplace, Londonderry

·      Welcome to new participants, sign-in sheet, meeting protocol

·      Group organization and process

§  How should the group make decisions between meetings?

§  Because the group has grown, do we need a Steering Committee?

§  Being inclusive while remaining productive

·      Discussion of messaging and press releases

§  Who will be designated to respond to the press?

§  Should we issue press releases and if so, when?

§  Informational brochure, letters to the editor, paid ads

§  Lawn signs

§  Community/town hall-type meetings to inform the public – when, where, who will present and on what topics

·      Producing Our Position Paper

§  Identifying Individuals or teams to produce content on key subjects: overnight lodging, the cabins and other building, the impacts of ADA compliance, sanitary facilities, expansion of access roads and/or parking, logging, habitats, water quality, noise, light pollution, traffic, fees/segregation of access based on use and fees, etc.

§  Format, version control, supporting data, citations, etc.

§  Who will aggregate?

§  Deadline for Position Paper

§  Distribution

·      Interaction with Forests, Parks and Recreation

§  Status of the questions we submitted

§  Should we request another meeting with Ethan Phelps?

§  Should we request a meeting with the Stewardship Committee

§  Should we request a meeting with the commissioner?

·      Interaction with Fish & Wildlife – next steps?

·      Interaction with Select Boards, Conservation Commissions/Committees, etc.

·      Interaction with elected state representatives

·      Next Meeting

§  Date/time/place

§  Agenda items

§  Who will facilitate?