Windsor High School expansion revealed

Published 6:04 pm Saturday, February 11, 2017


Special to the News-Herald


Windsor High School will begin growing in size and scope to include new or expanded opportunities for learning. The announcement was made with much fanfare on Friday afternoon in the school’s gymnasium.

Speaking to the students, Superintendent Dr. Jim Thornton said the $8 million-plus education plan will “enable you to discover your own unique talents and gifts. We will redesign the high school experience as we know it, and create spaces where you can communicate and collaborate.”

With regular drum rolls and cheers, Assistant Superintendent Heather Tuck then presented a few slides of a renovated cafeteria and outdoor seating, media center and drama room.

Mike Lombardo of the central office unveiled a new cosmetology program and construction lab equipped to teach students how to build a house. A greenhouse the size of the gym’s basketball court will be built behind the existing tennis courts.

“It’s amazing the leadership we have in this room,” said Principal Daniel Soderholm. “They’ve gotten these resources for you.”

Not to forget sports, an athletics field house will be set up, and the track will be resurfaced.

Behind Windsor Elementary School a few miles down the road, a “million-dollar barn” will be constructed, complete with a classroom and stables.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the future of this great school,” said School Board member and former principal Julia Perkins. “It will revolutionize Windsor High School.”

To conclude the program, Thornton, Soderholm and school cheerleaders led students in cheers for the school.

“I’m so excited,” said junior Cheval Allmond about the plans, adding that she’s looking forward to an outdoor lab.

  1. Wesley Black, also a junior, thought the news was interesting and hopes at least some of it will be ready for his senior year.

Money to pay for this plan will come in part from the savings realized by the school division ending its participation with the Pruden Center, according to spokeswoman Lynn Briggs. Until last year, a little less than $1 million was paid each year for students to participate in the vocational education programs offered at Pruden.

The school division will also look at asking for a loan.