Former CEA/SWEA President Daria Plummer and Superintendent Dr. Kate Carter celebrate the passing of the first referendum concerning the Elementary Facilities Plan. This ten-year initiative to upgrade the schools for the youngest learners in South Windsor passed easily and with wide-ranging support. It has been a yearlong build up to the March 25th town referendum and SWEA has played a role throughout. As Superintendent Dr. Carter prepared to provide the Board of Education with a facilities plan for the Elementary buildings here in South Windsor one of her first stops was a Representative Council meeting of SWEA in October. During her presentation Dr. Carter discussed the initiative, her goals for acquiring the backing of important groups in town and hoped for a supportive response from the South Windsor Education Association. With the role out of her plan now public knowledge, the January meeting of SWEA focused on the feelings of members and with a unanimous vote SWEA’s Representative Council gave support to the referendum. Speaking at the February regular Board of Education meeting was SWEA representative Glenn Flanders, co-chair of the Grievance Committee, who provided the full backing and endorsement of the plan to build new elementary facilities. In addition, a postcard went out to thousands of voters living in South Windsor to express our support, an advertisement was put into the local Journal Inquirer newspaper and on the evening before the vote several dedicated members phoned 350 teachers living in the district to ask for their backing. With the overwhelming passing of this first phase, SWEA leadership is excited about the idea of elementary students having new facilities to learn and for members some wonderful facilities to ply their trades.
Please see the link below for information on the new facilities plan.