PLAISTOW— A public meeting will be held at Town Hall at 7 p.m. today on the study of a potential extension of MBTA commuter rail service from Haverhill, Mass., to Plaistow.
The study is being conducted by the state Department of Transportation, in partnership with Plaistow, Atkinson and the Rockingham Planning Commission. It will examine potential impacts of a train station and layover facility, including cost-benefit analysis and ridership projections.
During the meeting, the engineering firm conducting the survey will summarize the study process to be followed, including study organization, schedule, and tools to be used for communication of study information.
The remainder of the time will be for stakeholders and area residents to provide input regarding the content of the study.
Plaistow Town Hall is located at 145 Main St.
Derry charter school plan OK’d
DERRY — The state Board of Education has granted approval for a charter school to open in Derry next year.
Granite State Academy for the Arts would serve approximately 160 high school students when it opens in August 2014, according to academy Chairman Wendie Leweck.
Leweck said the school is expected to be near the Salem and Atkinson lines. An occupancy agreement is still under negotiation, she said.
The state board approved the proposal at its meeting Monday. Last month, the board adopted a proposal for The Founders Academy, a middle school scheduled to open in the Londonderry area in January.
Another new charter school, Next School, opens this fall in Derry.
Nature sketching workshop is Sunday
HAMPSTEAD — The Hampstead Conservation Commission is hosting the Art in Nature workshop Sunday.
The workshop, hosted by Michael Terrile, is for artists of all levels. It will focus on nature sketching.
The group will meet at the West Road parking lot at 10 a.m. and hike a short distance. Participants can bring their own supplies or they will be furnished.