Breathalyzers, lunch changes make handbook
A pilot breathalyzer program at Andover High School dances will now be permanently implemented and expanded to all school-sponsored events.
That change to the 2013-14 Andover High School student handbook was unanimously approved by the School Committee last Thursday, June 27.
The new language lays out the rules of the program, adding that the school “may” administer breathalyzer tests to students seeking entry into any school-sponsored event.
Other changes to the high school handbook include a fourth lunch period, which had a trial run this year and has helped decrease overcrowding in the cafeteria, and a tightening of the school’s dismissal procedure policy.
The final change updates the school’s academic honor code regarding cheating and plagiarism by “outlining clearer and sequential consequences for first, second and third infractions,” according to a memo from Principal Chris Lord.
Retiring faculty honored
School officials took a few moments to recognize district faculty and staff members who retired at the end of the year.
Mary Baroni, instructional assistant
Sanborn Elementary School
Ginny Champagne, speech and language pathologist
Charlie Croteau, custodian
West Elementary School
Nancy Daigle, kindergarten teacher
Susan Schane, reading specialist
Bancroft Elementary School
Barbara Munroe, instructional assistant
High Plain Elementary School
Betty Wish, art teacher
West Middle School
Lori Bellingreri, world language teacher
Virginia Rossini, math teacher
Doherty Middle School
Betty Ann Smith, instructional assistant
Wood Hill Middle School
Donna Sunderland, math teacher
Andover High School
Georgine Diorio, food services
Mary Kierstead, math teacher
Maureen Morrison, athletic administrative assistant
Jane Sonntag, science teacher
Ann Wilde, moderate special needs teacher
Kathy Gilmore, assistant school accountant
Show Choir Florida bound
The town’s performance Show Choir, led by teacher Mark Mercer, will travel to Florida next April for four days of performances and study.
While in Florida, the students will work within performance programs at the University of Florida and participate in competitions that are deemed educational.
“Those are very rigorous,” Superintendent Marinel McGrath said. “They have high standards, they have schools from around the country that excel in that type of work, and it’s good for our students to see that.”
The School Committee voted 3-0, with member David Birnbach participating via phone after not being able to attend the meeting. Members Annie Gilbert and Barbara L’Italien, who both have children in the choir, recused themselves from voting.