This year, the bee was no less a sign of the current state of affairs. There was an AFE Spelling Bee, and the enthusiasm in the room was high. But most of the teams were Andover school teams, with only a handful of teams made up of community members such as members of town service clubs. Previous years had more teams from the community at large.
For the Andover Public Schools to truly reach their full potential again, the whole community needs to be engaged. We hope that with the superintendent now signed for the next five years, a strategic plan in place, and a teachers contract resolved, the school system will focus more on communicating its goals to the greater community. Now is the time. We’d like to see dozens of community members involved in the bee next year, and, more importantly, involved in the schools throughout the year.