Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


August 22, 2013

A look ahead for new year

Technology isn’t the only area garnering attention in the school district this year. Here’s a look at some other developments:


For every new beginning, there is also an end. That will be the case this year for Bancroft Elementary School.

Students entering Bancroft next week will do so as the final classes to learn in the decades-old, open-concept castle of a facility.

By next fall, the new $50 million Bancroft School will stand ready to greet them.

The new school, being built in front of the existing facility, is currently undergoing “a big milestone to get the building all sealed off,” School Building Committee Chairman Tom Deso said.

The roof is nearly done, and work is under way to install the building’s windows and make the structure air-tight, he said. By February vacation, all that is expected to remain is finish work.

Come the end of the year, the old Bancroft will be taken offline forever, according to Deso.

“As soon as school is out, we start demolition on the existing Bancroft,” he said.


After a year on the sidelines, Andover High School English teacher Jen Meagher is headed back to the classroom.

She was terminated last September after the district deemed an email she sent privately to faculty, urging them to interfere with the school’s reaccreditation process, encouraged a work stoppage by the district. Her firing following a rough end to protracted contract talks between the School Committee and Andover Education Association.

The AEA appealed to the state’s Employment Relations Board, which overturned Meagher’s firing, saying her termination was discrimination.

The School Committee chose not to appeal the state’s decision, and Meagher has announced she will take the job being offered her.

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