Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 4, 2013

School Committee Roundup

Dustin Luca
The Andover Townsman

---- — 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.

Honored were:

Shawsheen School

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

Administration

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.