Arts center to be discussed

The aldermen’s Planning and Economic Development Committee will take up the Performing Arts Feasibility Study on June 7, when they are expected to establish their expectations for the second phase of the study.

Consultant Duncan Webb of Webb Consulting Inc., proposed three options in his study of the city’s arts scene. They include: partnering with an educational institution to either renovate or build a 300- to 400-seat venue and another that could handle roughly 750 seats; renovating an existing downtown building that could be used for a wide range of programs; and creating a downtown arts district.

In a letter to committee chairwoman Mary Ann Melizzi-Golja, Nashua Community Development Director Sarah Marchant proposed the following steps: recommend construction of a new performing arts center, adaptive reuse of an existing facility, or both; explore the idea of an arts district; explore long-term renovation of Keefe Auditorium; and seek out partners in education for meetings and events.

The meeting to discuss the study will be held on Tueday at 7 p.m in City Hall.

South teacher honored for Running Start support

Lisa Yates, a human relations teacher at Nashua High School South, was recognized by Gov. Maggie Hassan and Ross Gittell, chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, for her support of the Running Start program.

Yates was presented with the Running Start Advocate of the Year Award for supporting Running Start at Nashua Community College, a program that allows high school students to take courses for both high school and college credit.

In a ceremony last month in Concord, Yates was joined by six recipients from across New Hampshire who were recognized by each of the state’s seven community colleges. This is the ninth year that CCSNH has honored its high school partners.

"Because of CCSNH’s Running Start program, New Hampshire high school students have the opportunity to pursue college credits at significantly discounted rates, allowing them to get a head start on their higher education," Hassan said in a press statement. "I commend our local high schools, community colleges, and most importantly, this year’s Running Start Advocate Award winners for working together to help prepare our young people for success."

For more information about Nashua Community College or the Running Start program, visit www.nashuacc.edu.

Nashua … From the Inside was compiled by members of the Telegraph staff, including Kathryn Marchocki.