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Move out of Kramer begins


Chronicle Staff Writer

WILLIMANTIC — The school district’s move out of the Kramer building is expected to get under way this weekend, with two departments planning to move into new offices.

Town officials asked the school district to move out of the building by Aug. 1, as the town plans to sell the building.

The town is currently in the midst of negotiations with a potential buyer.

Currently, the school district’s central offices and the Windham Early Childhood Center are in the Kramer building.

“We will be putting some information out to the public this week or beginning next week,” Windham Superintendent of Schools Patricia Garcia said during the board of education meeting Wednesday.

Staff were advised that email and phones may not be fully operational until Wednesday.

Departments are moving out of the Kramer building at different times, with the pupil services and family and community partnerships departments expected to move out over the weekend and into the Windham High School building.

The expectation is that those two departments will be in their new offices next week.

The school district is closed Monday due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Windham Public Schools Public Information Officer Margaret Chatey said the plan is to move the human resources and finance departments together at a later date because school officials want to ensure any kinks are worked out of MUNIS before they move.

MUNIS, the district’s financial software, is expected to be fully implemented sometime in February.

“We’re trying to minimize any disruption that we can control,” Chatey said.

Windham Board of Education chairperson Lynne Ide asked if school officials had considered putting a sign at the Kramer building notifying people that offices have moved.

“Margaret has a whole plan about how she plans to put that out there, to communicate,” said Garcia.

The rest of the move schedule is as follows:

Over April vacation, beginning April 16, the plan is to move the offices of the superintendent office and assistant superintendent, Information Technology department, data department, public information office and ESOL and World Language Department to the high school.

On July 15, the plan is to move the early childhood center to Windham Middle School.

On July 23, the plan is to move the maintenance department from Windham High to the new maintenance garage.

The plan is to move the finance and human resources departments to the high school at a date that has not been determined.

Chatey said those departments will move together because they work together frequently.

Chatey said the food services director has already moved his office to the high school, but his assistant remains in the Kramer building to facilitate purchasing and finance arrangements.

She is expected to move later in the year, school officials said.

School officials said the administrative offices for the facilities department moved to the high school a few months ago to oversee the construction process for the central offices and a maintenance garage, which is under construction at the high school.

Phone numbers for central offices and the early childhood center will not change.


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