Group's efforts continue toward school auditorium
Tony DiFrancesco, chairman of the Londonderry School Community Auditorium Committee, said the group is researching the feasibility of building a freestanding, 950-seat auditorium.
DiFrancesco said it’s too early to tell whether the project would ultimately move forward, or what the final costs would be. DiFrancesco said the committee expects to submit its final report to the board in late August, with the board (and voters) to have final say on the matter.
The auditorium committee will meet again Thursday, May 1, at 3 p.m., in the School Board Room at the district offices. Architects will be on hand to share conceptual project renderings, with discussion to follow.
“We’ll need to make a decision then about what this site will and won’t accommodate,” DiFrancesco said. The auditorium project has been listed in the school district’s list of proposed Capital Improvement Projects for several years now, though each year the project has been ranked low by district officials on the needs scale as opposed to more pressing problems like roofs and other costly facilities maintenance projects. In Fall 2012, Principal Jason Parent announced a committee would be formed to research various options over a three-year time span.
This past winter, the School Board agreed to fund a $25,000 architectural study under the direction of the auditorium committee.
As it stands now, drama club performances are typically held at the Adams Memorial Opera House in Derry, while some of the other large, public events take place in the gym or cafeteria.