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School Committee Updates

Posted on: April 27, 2012

[ARCHIVED] SC Update - 4/27/2012

This notice does NOT reflect the School Committee's proposed school budget for next year; rather, it appears to be a list of reductions that have taken place over a period of years, some of which are accurate, and some of which, unfortunately, are inaccurate.

The reality is that the school budget ($65,864,399) we are bringing to Town Meeting for approval on Monday, April 30th increases funding for our schools next year by 4.1%. The budget reflects level services for all students, maintains class sizes at all levels, and actually increases the total number of district staff by 13.0 positions, including additional social workers at the middle schools, a school resource officer and a media center assistant at the high school, and a Director of Digital Learning for the district.

In addition, among other things, we are substantially increasing our investment in professional development next year, further building our in-district special education programming, and--through Warrant Article 22--making a major, district-wide investment in technology, which will bring full wireless capability to all of our school buildings, as well as digital display systems and updated computing devices for our classrooms.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this message and for your continued support.

Sincerely,
Annie Gilbert, Chair
Andover School Committee

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