During a rainy day ceremony, Derry Rail Trail Alliance members officially opened the trail leading through the downtown along historic railroad beds, down to the Windham town line and a portion of that town’s trail.
The group hopes to someday connect more of Derry’s trail system to areas of Londonderry and beyond.
The alliance formed in 2007 and is led by a board of directors keen on making the trail system a recreational haven for residents and visitors to enjoy.
The trail now has a pocket park area behind Sabatino’s Restaurant (in the former train depot building) and also a handmade kiosk built by Pinkerton Academy construction students to show visitors some of the trail’s features.
Charter school approved for 2013 opening
The year 2012 put the a plan for the town’s first charter school in motion. The NEXT charter school is scheduled to open in 2013 and will be Derry’s first charter high school.
The plan will give students an alternative to Pinkerton Academy and will accommodate up to 30 students in the first year. The school may take up to 90 students.
The school will cater to those students who may need an alternative way to learn.
NEXT will be housed in the former Derry Early Education Program space at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School. It will be led by a co-directing team of Justin Krieger and Joe Crawford, both currently serving as assistant principals in Derry middle schools.
There will also be a board of trustees to help lead the school.
Enrollment for the school is set to begin in January 2013. Kim Crowley, a NEXT trustee, said the school will offer a unique way for students to learn.
“It will be a very open, social communication,” she said. “Our goal is understanding.”
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