The Windham Board of Education requested a High School feasibility study to look at three options for the future of Windham High School. This review was conducted by Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) and Friar Associates from January 2017 to May 2017.
As school districts across the country experience declining enrollments, large budget deficits, and deteriorating infrastructure, some are facing the tough decision as to whether to close, consolidate or renovate their schools in order to balance the budget and maintain a high quality of schooling.
STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM AND METHODOLOGY
The Windham Board of Education RFQ indicated that three options for the Windham high school students be considered, taking into account economic/social effects on Windham, tuition and transportation costs over time, and special education costs/needs. The feasibility study collected and analyzed qualitative and quantitative data in consideration of the following three options:
1. Renovate the Windham high school like new
2. Demolish parts of the Windham high school
3. Fully outsource all high school students and close Windham high school