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Andover School Department Claudia Bach, Superintendent of Schools
Andover School Department “The Mission of the Andover Public Schools, in partnership with the community, is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and qualities required to be successful in a diverse society.” Adopted October, 1997
District Goals 1. GOAL: Student Achievement We will maintain programs and practices that ensure that all students meet clearly defined high standards that result in on-going improved performance, and where needed, we will design, develop, implement, and evaluate new programs and practices. evaluate new programs and practices.
2. GOAL: Educator Quality We will attract and retain well-trained highly motivated teachers and administrators who are committed to enhancing student achievement and to lifelong professional development.
3. GOAL: Finances/Budget We will engage in an inclusive budget process that is driven by student achievement while maximizing the efficient use of taxpayers’ dollars.
4. GOAL: Communications We will create a dynamic and comprehensive communications plan, which ensures collaboration and partnership between the Andover Public Schools and the Andover community.
School Committee Superintendent Claudia Bach Schools Andover High School Peter Anderson Doherty Middle Bruce Maki West Middle Dr. Denise Holmes Wood Hill Middle Patrick Bucco Bancroft Scott Morrison High Plain Brenda O’Brien Sanborn Steve Jankauskas Shawsheen Moira O’Brien South Dr. Eileen Woods West Elementary Charlie Friel Human Resources Candace Hall Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, Prof. Dev. Marcia O’Neil Business Office Evan Katz Pupil Personnel Susan O’Brien Andover Public Schools
Andover Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Pupil Personnel Administrator Business Administrator Human Resources Director Plant & Facilities Director Principals Human Resources Director
Andover Public Schools Parents School Department Community Senior Citizens Business Community Town Departments Social Services Religious Community Elected Officials
Dimensions of the School Department, Shawsheen Pre-K – Grade Students Bancroft Kindergarten – Grade Students High Plain Kindergarten – Grade Students Sanborn Kindergarten – Grade Students South Kindergarten – Grade Students West Elementary Kindergarten – Grade Students Doherty Middle Grades Students West Middle Grades 6 – Students Wood Hill Middle Grades Students Andover H.S. Grades Students Total Total 6,081 Students
Andover Public Schools BancroftHigh Plain SanbornShawsheenSouthWest Elem Total Elem DohertyWest Middle Wood Hill Total Middle High School Total Oct ___ ___ Oct ___ ___ Oct ___ ___ Oct ___ ___ Oct ___ ___ Oct Oct Oct Sept 6,
Dimensions of the School Department Location Professional Staff Support Staff Location Professional Staff Support Staff Shawsheen School Shawsheen School Bancroft School Bancroft School High Plain School High Plain School Sanborn School Sanborn School South School South School West Elementary West Elementary Doherty Middle School Doherty Middle School West Middle School West Middle School Wood Hill Middle School Wood Hill Middle School Andover High School Andover High School Central Office Central Office System ,3 System ,3 Total Total FTE are funded outside the general fund budget (grants, food service, etc.)
Improvements we made last year, Student Achievement: Student Achievement: Status Expanded Balanced Literacy Program Next segment implemented at elementary level Revised Social Studies curriculum Implemented at elementary level Introduced 2 nd year of new Math curriculum Implemented at middle school level Introduced 2 Special Needs Software Programs Implemented Continued MCAS Remediation with focus on attaining Proficiency On-going Reviewed College Admissions Program Introduced new software program Developed High School space needs plan (short term) Done, and now will work on long- range plan
Improvements we made last year, Student Achievement Student Achievement (continued): (continued): Status Revised, upgraded emergency management plan Done, implementation underway, and will assess this year Produced Elementary space needs study Done, and new work to do this year Major Findings: Shawsheen overcrowded; Sanborn under-enrolled; SPED needs affected building capacities Surveyed interest in 1-1 laptop Not done Launched Expeditionary Learning Pilot Implemented at Wood Hill (beginning second year) Developed plans for Engineering/Technology Pilot Implemented at West Middle (beginning first year)
Improvements we Improvements we made last year, made last year, Educator Quality: Educator Quality: Status Organized first-ever Merrimack Valley Recruitment Fair Done with much success, and will do again Improved induction and mentoring programs (teacher and administrator) Done, and will continue to do each year Developed Administrator Succession Plan Done, and will now begin phase 2 Prepared for Tier II Review Underway
Improvements we Improvements we made last year, made last year, Educator Quality Educator Quality (continued): (continued): Status Proactive Wellness Initiatives: –Improved employee consumer habits through educational programs (on the reasons for escalating costs and wisest use of health resources) –Held 2 nd annual Wellness Fair which featured resources for disease prevention and healthy life style choices –Encouraged use of mail order prescriptions –Plans for monthly bulletin to employees on maintaining good physical and emotional well-being All of these are on-going
Improvements we made last year, Finances/Budget: Status Began modest Rebuilding Elem: Health Program, Reading Teachers, Learning Specialists M.S.: Librarian, Health Teacher H.S.: Added Track coaches, stipend for Scheduler, increased Program Advisor Salaries Implemented Negotiated contracts with 9 employee units Teacher Contract completed, others well underway
Improvements we made last year, Communications: Status Status Improved outreach to stakeholders: Superintendent and School Committee coffees, budget forums, Townwide PTO presentations, Principals’ meetings & newsletters, etc. Done and will continue and expand Increased involvement at state level: School Committee visit to State House; Superintendent involvement with Mass Insights Done and will continue
Due to previous cutbacks we still experience deficiencies that have diverted us from delivering core services: With result That… Not all specialists and stipend positions are back to previous levels Less in-class help for students and teachers Still just 1 Elementary PE class per week, not 2 Less emphasis on fitness; maybe issues with obesity Textbooks, academic software still not at previous level Alignment with state benchmarks moves more slowly Fee collections are still in place Parents stretched financially, less student participation, additional work for business office
Service impact continued…. With result that… Custodial reductions still in place Buildings less clean and small maintenance work not always done Administrator reductions still in place Less direct observation of classes; less communication with parents Aging Technology Inaccessibility of programs for students and teachers; Decrease use by staff
First Major Objective for FY 2006 Progress to date Rebuilding & Advancing First is Input: SC/Administrator Work Session (Summer) SC/Administrator Work Session (Summer) Admin. Council In-service (Summer) Admin. Council In-service (Summer) Teacher/Administrator Input sessions (September & October) Teacher/Administrator Input sessions (September & October) PTO/PAC/School Councils Input Sessions (October) PTO/PAC/School Councils Input Sessions (October) Second is Drafting: Administrators to draft proposal, which will be aligned to School Committee parameters Administrators to draft proposal, which will be aligned to School Committee parametersUnderway and in the planning In the planning
Second Major Objective for FY 2006 Progress to date Budget Planning First is Input: Budget Managers to provide preferences for internal process (September) Budget Managers to provide preferences for internal process (September) SC, Fin Com, Selectman to provide suggestions on process and budget book (September) SC, Fin Com, Selectman to provide suggestions on process and budget book (September) Townwide PTO and School Councils to provide suggestions on process and budget book Townwide PTO and School Councils to provide suggestions on process and budget book Underway and In the planning
Second Major Objective for FY 2006 Progress to date Budget Planning Second is Drafting: Based on input and aligned to Rebuilding & Advancing plans, Superintendent to draft Preliminary Budget Based on input and aligned to Rebuilding & Advancing plans, Superintendent to draft Preliminary Budget Third is School Committee Process: Budget Work Sessions Budget Work Sessions Budget Hearing Budget Hearing Budget Approval Budget Approval The challenge we face: Working to rebuild and advance on the one hand, while confronting rising costs in SPED, health insurance, utilities, staffing on the other hand In the planning
Some Special Distinctions in Vanguard Award – Mass Insight Vanguard Award – Mass Insight Compass Award – DOE Compass Award – DOE Outperformers Designation – Standard & Poors Outperformers Designation – Standard & Poors Gold Medal Designation – Expansion Management Magazine Gold Medal Designation – Expansion Management Magazine 100 Best Public Elementary 100 Best Public Elementary Schools (4 Andover schools) – Boston Magazine Schools (4 Andover schools) – Boston Magazine
How residents can contact the School Department: To provide: To provide: Input/Suggestions Input/Suggestions Services Services A way to raise Issue(s) A way to raise Issue(s) Means for better Communications Means for better Communications Phone: WebPage: Cable TV – “The Andover Experience, K-12” School Committee Meetings and Coffees Superintendent Coffees at Starbucks (next one is on 10/11 at 10 a.m) Stay tuned for rebuilding and advancing forums and budget forums