Londonderry's proposed auditorium to have 800 seats
During Monday night’s Town Council meeting, Tony DeFrancesco, chairman of the school district’s auditorium review committee, said the project being explored for the Londonderry High School campus would probably have about 800 seats.
Graduations have been held off-campus for the past several years.
“I think it goes without saying, then, that this definitely won’t be a new graduation venue,” Council Chairman Tom Dolan added.
“My answer to anyone with concerns about this is: We’re building this to use 365 days a year, not just one day,” he said.
An earlier incarnation of the committee had previously explored auditorium options in 2006, when plans for a 950-seat, $1 million facility were ultimately placed on the back burner because of more pressing district needs.
“Our original concept was to have two classes of high school students be able to fit into the facility at the same time,” DeFrancesco said. “So right now we’re trying to keep with that same theme, while recognizing cost constraints. And having an 800-seat auditorium is considerably cheaper than building a 950-seat building.”
While final cost estimates and square footage of the proposed facility have yet to be determined, Greenberg said the auditorium being proposed is expected to be smaller than the high school gymnasium.
“That area would meet a number of needs,” DeFrancesco said. “It’s easy to get in and out of, it’s a cheaper site to build on, and it’s easily accessible to the community at large.”
Londonderry High School’s 2014 commencement ceremony will take place Friday, June 13 at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Center in Manchester.