I understand fully that there is no “town vote” or other “official blessing” of the charter school operation; however, extra time would certainly allow more taxpayers in Andover to understand the proposal and its financial impacts and allow other voices to be heard. I believe that DESE would benefit from additional input from Andover given that this is such an unusual location for a charter school proposal.
My understanding is that DESE will give final consideration to the STEAM Studio application at its annual deliberation in February.
Given that the need in Andover — while important — is not critical, that the extensive budget impact of this proposal is considerable and not well-enough understood and that the general population of the town has not yet had an opportunity to fully assess the proposal, the delay of a year in evaluating the proposal should be considered.
Timothy L. Vaill
9 Bancroft Road