Academy Building Guidance Committee (Ad-Hoc)


The Committee shall consider possible uses for, disposition, and/or demolition of all or a portion of the Academy School building, and recommend a referendum question for the Board of Selectmen to place on the November 6, 2018 ballot to enable the public to vote on the recommendation. The Committee shall consider utilization, and costs of utilization, of:

  1. The entire building or a portion of the building for municipal use
  2. The entire building or a portion of the building for private use
  3. Public-private partnership arrangements
  4. Full demolition and partial demolition options, including a recommendation on utilization of the property after any demolition.

At a minimum, the Committee should review and summarize the prior studies that have been conducted of the building, conduct a survey/poll to solicit public opinion, and demonstrate the need and the financial impact of their recommendation.

Committee Composition

The Committee shall consist of 12 members to include representatives from town historic groups, individuals that have served on past study committees, individuals that have contributed significantly to the recent public debate surrounding the private development proposals, and other individuals as determined by the Board of Selectmen to ensure the composition of the Committee represents a diverse array of interests and opinions. One member of the Board of Selectmen and one member of the Board of Finance, Municipal staff, including but not limited to the Director of Facilities, the Director of Finance, the Director of Planning & Economic Development, and the Director of Public Works / Town Engineer, shall serve as liaisons to the Committee on an as-needed basis. The term of the committee shall expire Tuesday, November 6, 2018; or until a referendum date has been determined.