Berman leaves

Superintendent Sheldon Berman announced his resignation in the fall after leading the school district for five years. His last day was Dec. 31.

Berman is going to be replaced by six-month interim superintendent, Claudia Bach. Bach previously led the district as superintendent from 1998 to 2010.

Now, as she takes the reigns of the school district again, the School Committee is searching for a permanent replacement to start in July.

The committee has hired Ray and Associates, a search firm based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to find the new permanent superintendent.

Robb Center to open next spring

The town has been planning to build a new senior center for decades, and the new Robb Center will finally be completed this coming spring.

Construction started in March just as the pandemic hit, and it's stayed on track, said Andover Director of Elder Services Jane Burns.

"We are on target to receive an occupancy permit mid-spring and are planning our return to the center," she said. 

To complete the center, Elder Services is about 80% to their goal of raising $500,000, Burns said. There are still rooms to be named and other opportunities to contribute, such as purchasing a bench or a brick for the patio, she said.

They are also securing grants for the project. This past week the senior center received a $49,000 grant to make the fitness center fully accessible, Burns said

"We've been an essential service to the community and we've never stopped working" through the pandemic, Burns said. "Now as we work on these projects we are actively planning for the future."






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