Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Education

July 19, 2012

Smarties for Success: New AHS leader arrives

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Already, Lord has written a song for Andover High School. He hopes to show it soon to a few students to see what they think.

"Each day I come here, I'm more and more and more convinced that this is the right place, not only for the community, but for me," said Lord. "I'm hoping that what I can bring to the community is something that has value in the long term, in terms of where I think the community is right now."

AHS WILL BE 'TIGHT SHIP' UNDER LORD

As he has listened to people, Lord has taken note of how the community operates. While he wouldn't compare his own discipline to that of Tom Sharkey, his predecessor, Lord explained he would have a zero tolerance policy in effect for a number of things.

"There are four big ones... theft, drugs, weapons and violence," said Lord. "I won't tolerate any of that. The rules are in place for a reason."

A popular gripe among students in the last two years has been the enforcement of the school's tardy policy, where many students saw their driving-to-school privileges taken away after six tardies or more.

That practice will continue under Lord - assuming it doesn't become more strict.

"It will be even more effectively enforced with our monitors and our resource officer," said Lord. "The whole point is to get to school on time. The taxpayers are paying a great deal of money to have you present in class from bell to bell, period. The expectatition is that you're in your seat before the bell starts ringing for every class."

This is why Lord's mantra is "every student, every class, every day, on time," he said. "I will definitely chant that one at the beginning of the year."

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