Request to start funding Londonderry auditorium may go to voters in March
Following nearly eight months of research, the final report from the Londonderry School/Community Auditorium was released earlier this week.
The school board hired the Walpole-based Marinace Architectural firm earlier this year, paying $25,000 to study size, pricing and several locations.
After contemplating five sites, both the committee and the firm determined that building an auditorium in space adjacent to the high school cafeteria — the same spot favored by a prior study committee in 2006 — seemed the most feasible option.
During a presentation to the School Board Tuesday night, the committee recommended placing a warrant article to fund the auditorium’s architectural and engineering fees on the March 2015 school ballot, with a bond article to construct the facility to be placed on the March 2016 ballot.
With no such facility in Londonderry at present, groups like the high school drama club have most recently been performing plays and musicals at the Adams Memorial Opera House in Derry.
DeFrancesco said the auditorium could also be used by the town for police and fire department awards ceremonies, town and school deliberative sessions, senior citizen programs and events hosted by local Scouting troops, dance academies and civic and religious organizations, among others.
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