LONDONDERRY — After a multi-year hiatus, the Leadership Londonderry program is once again up and running and offering an inside look at all things in the community.
That includes town and school departments, historical sites, conservation, police, fire and other town efforts like public works, and economic development.
The kick-off event is Thursday, Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m. at the town office complex. Program participants will then board a school bus to take the inaugural tour around town.
Leadership Londonderry began in 2004 as the result of a Town Council-directed Best Towns Initiative. Residents participating in the Initiative identified the need for community members to better understand how the town and school governments work.
Community members Mark Oswald and Pollyann Winslow founded and directed the program, and will serve as independent directors of the 2018-2019 program. While the program had been suspended in 2011 due to a lack of applicants, the Town Council recently determined that there is grassroots need to resume the program and has demonstrated its commitment to the program by making its resurrection one of the Council’s goals for 2018/2019.
Leadership Londonderry provides a unique opportunity for class participants to dialogue with town department heads, school administrators and members of town boards and commissions. Session topics may include, but are not limited to, school operations, public safety, budget and taxes, and economic development.
Throughout the years, many Leadership Londonderry graduates have subsequently served the community on the Town Council, School Board, in state government, and on town boards and commissions.