Preliminary plans for converting part of the old Edgartown School to a performing arts center were presented to Edgartown selectmen by the school reuse committee on Monday.
Committee co-chairmen Stuart Fuller and James Cisek detailed plans to convert the old gymnasium and cafeteria into a theatre space, along the lines of Tisbury’s Katharine Cornell Theatre. The group plans to seek $64,000 in community preservation act funding for initial design work and expects final building costs to reach $500,000.
Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss has expressed interest in taking over the bulk of remaining building space to relocate the superintendent’s office from its current headquarters in Vineyard Haven.
Mr. Cisek said inclusion of the superintendent’s office in the plan would make the reuse pitch for the old Edgartown school a stronger proposition. “We always wanted it to be municipal,” he said via telephone this week. “And the selectmen want a concise tenant using the rest of the building.”
Selectmen will ask for a letter of intent from the superintendent’s office.
In other business Monday, a campaign for improvements to Wasque Road on Chappaquiddick that included possible paving, was declared dead after homeowners along the Poucha Road section sent a string of e-mails to Edgartown selectmen and turned up in force at the meeting, calling for the dirt road to remain undisturbed.
Selectmen gave positive annual reviews to highway superintendent Stuart Fuller, town accountant Kimberly Kane, town administrator Pamela M. Dolby and Hope G. Waingrow, who takes the minutes at selectmen’s meetings.
Selectman Arthur Smadbeck singled out Ms. Waingrow for praise, commenting on the accuracy of her minute-taking. In a moment of remarkable self-reflexivity, Ms. Waingrow responded — and typed — “thank you.”