By James Niedzinski
---- — LONDONDERRY — It all started when Leslie Rompa, Sunday School superintendent for the United Methodist Church, wanted some new paint to spruce up a conference room about amonth ago.
Before she knew it, Rompa was aiding in a project to overhaul an unused section of the church to add more classrooms for Sunday School students.
A total of four classrooms and two offices were added to the basement.
The project came about because students had no real appropriate classroom. There was is one extra conference room, but space is stretched thin. The conference room did not have a typical classroom atmosphere, she said, and it lacked color.
“The old conference room was kind of a downer,” Rompa said. “It really was not an appropriate classroom setting for children.”
The current conference room was overused, with many different organizations holding meetings constantly, from Boy Scout troops to weekly church meetings. It was complicated to try to schedule a meeting time and date, said Sue Aherns, president of the church’s board of trustees.
“This change needed to happen,” Aherns said.
Previously, the basement of the church was just used for storage, and contained a number of old partitions and toys.
Within two days of advertising the partitions, someone responded. Last week, the Rev. Dr. Wesley Palmer and other members of the church remove the old partitions.
The entire project was funded by donations from the congregation.
“We started a fund called Together for Tomorrow which enabled us to do this whole project, and it is only costing us about $9,000,” Aherns said.
The school currently has about 80 students, ranging from kindergarten to high school, Rompa said.
The construction work involves putting up new partitions, for a larger, child friendly classroom with new partitions that will separate sections of the basement, as well as replacing some drywall.
The project should be completed by the end of the month.
Sunday School starts again on Sept. 9.