Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 9, 2012

Town Talk

He’s got spirit — and wants to hear about yours

The new Andover High School principal is staying positive, even as he comes into the school on the heels of last year’s basketball team hazing scandal, a bitter contract battle with teachers, and - just this week - two Andover High students allegedly making more bad news in the school community, as they have been accused of shooting into a crowd with an Airsoft pellet gun.

In an email to parents dated Aug. 1, principal Chris Lord writes, “...despite the challenges of the past year or two, I sense a commitment from everyone to look forward, grow and learn.”

“The choice to commit to a new paradigm for Andover High will be a personal, heart-felt decision for everyone. We need to be patient and allow everyone in our culture to make that choice as we build a plan for our future.”

Lord asks recipients to think about and tell him, “What do I

love about Andover High School and how can I show it? I only ask that we keep it simple, something that communicates this passion in seconds to anyone.”

People can send suggestions to him by email at, or visit him at the school as his door is always open, he also wrote.

— Judy Wakefield

Citizen surveys

going out


Every four years, the town sends a survey to 1,200 Andover households asking them questions about such things as how they feel about the town, why they come to Andover and where they get their information.

The next round of those surveys are expected to start hitting Andover homes sometime after Labor Day, according to Buzz Stapczynski, town manager.

This year, some questions will focus on elderly housing, as inspired by the Franciscan Overlay Task Force looking into elderly housing community options, Stapczynski said.

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