LONDONDERRY — The School District's administrative office space would move back to a former location if a School Board member has his way.

Bob Slater came before the Town Council recently to make his case for bringing those offices back to Mammoth Road. 

"It would be good to get the district office back into a town-owned property," Slater said.

The district's administrative office moved in 2018 to a new leased space at 6A Kitty Hawk Landing. It had been located at the town office complex at 268C Mammoth Road.

The move and its costs were approved by School Board members and included in the budget approved by voters at the polls that year.

The old SAU space adjacent to Town Hall was aging and had many challenges, including lack of space to grow, air quality issues and other concerns.

That building was eventually taken down.

Slater said moving the SAU closer to schools and other facilities is a good idea, not just logistically but to help save money in the long run.

"I think it's a win-win for everybody in the community," Slater said, "and to get our district office in a place we can call home."

Slater has come before council in the past with his effort to move the SAU.

Prior to being elected to the School Board, Slater, a local businessman, presented his idea for building a new SAU office at the Mammoth Road site that would, in his view, save money over time. 

"The rental of the Kitty Hawk property is just a temporary fix," Slater said at an earlier meeting. "We would still need to build a new building in the future. Every year sooner that we can end the lease results in more money that can go toward building of the new office rather than spent on rent."

But at that time, school officials felt the move to Kitty Hawk Landing was the right move.

"Some people are just not going to accept the new SAU office and that's fine," School District Business Administrator Peter Curro said at that time. "But any money put into the old building for maintenance and improvements would be a misuse of public funds."

At the most recent meeting, Slater said bringing the offices back would serve residents well. The offices would be located in a yet-to-be constructed two-story building matching the style and character of Town Hall.

"I think it can happen," Slater said.

Voters in Londonderry would have to weigh in on the process to move the SAU and to construct a two-story building to match the style and character of the current town building.

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