Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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September 28, 2012

ANDOVER HIGH Lord takes reins

Lord seeks to build community, academics

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At his former school, Shea High School in Pawtucket, R.I. teachers used a 3-3 block, meaning they taught three classes each semester. This is the schedule that was at the heart of the contract disagreement between the School Committee and many union leaders at the high school.

“I want to help the staff find the success that you can have in this kind of structure,” he said. “Everybody says they want to move forward. They want to be positive, they want to be constructive...I’m trying to help them make it happen. They want to put it behind them.”

Goals: building relationships and establishing a plan

Lord has started the Warrior Word, a Friday email to build school spirit; he established a master calendar that will show everything that’s going on in the school, so people can be learn about interesting events. He believes the school is more secure this year, with all doors locked during the school day, monitors in the halls, and a police officer in the school connecting with students.

Lord said he and a new assistant principal plan to attend every sport and club at least once this year.

“I don’t think there’s any one magic bullet. It’s a series of things. It’s listening to people,” he said. “Part of that is their therapy

“Going forward, it’s bringing an attitude to the school,” said Lord. “I can’t control perception. However if I’m consistant with being as candid and upfront about my desire to be there for people, to support the teachers, to support the kids, to support the parents, to make this a really special school that people can feel good about, people can be proud of, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to be delivering that constantly over time. I’m hoping that will build the he socio-emotional capacity that people can draw on to do great things.”

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