Editor, Townsman:

Regardless of our views on various topics, most of us would agree that education in the time of a pandemic has been elevated to the most important challenge facing our school district.

When faced with the important decision of how school should open last Fall, School Committee member Tracey Spruce synthesized the best available scientific data to arrive at a decision. Once the decision was made to open Andover's schools in a hybrid format, she threw her full support behind the district's school reopening plan, which resulted in an education model that kept teachers and students safe yet not isolated by virtual-only learning.

She was willing to acknowledge a fully remote start was not the best approach, and since then she has been supportive of ongoing, evidence-based efforts to bring more students back for more in-person learning.

Sprice is a leader who advocates for responsible investment in our schools. She works diligently with other town officials to collaborate and compromise on the annual school budget voted upon at Town Meeting.

She champions the issues that most concern us like educational equity, upgrading school facilities and improving district-wide literacy programming, as well as behind-the-scenes concerns like improving the annual school calendar and start times, negotiating union agreements and eliminating tuition for full-day kindergarten.

Spruce has served the needs of our community extraordinarily well as a key member of the School Committee with her willingness to listen and act upon input from constituents, like myself, who saw the fine arts suffer from under-funding each year; her efforts helped bring more funding to fine arts at the high school.

It is my sincere hope that members of the community enthusiastically support Tracey Spruce for her second term on the Andover School Committee and that they join me in voting for her on March 23.

Karen Vigurs-Stack

Andover

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