Parents Celebrate Restoration Of Andover School Positions

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

The 1% increase to the LOB will raise $433,512 and will be distributed as follow:

  • Teaching Staff $228,310 (53% of the increase)
  • Instructional Support $118,392 (27% of the increase)
  • Coaches and Activity Sponsors $66,810 (15% of the increase)
  • District Maintenance $20,000 (5% of the increase)

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Monday, August 20, 2012

After a close vote for a local budget increase, the Andover School District approved a new school budget that will restore more than 40 positions.

"The folks in this community value their schools, value the education side of it, and want to give the most opportunities for the kids," said Craig Noah, parent.

Noah along with other parents spearheaded the effort to campaign for an increase in the LOB by one percent.

"I, like any other person, am not a fan of anymore tax," said Noah. "But this was an opportunity to go out and say, 'I know exactly where my taxes are going to be spent and these positions are going to come back to our kids."

Noah said many of the positions will help teach students valuable lessons that are not taught in the classroom.

"The kids, in any team sport, they're going to learn trust, accountability, and selflessness," he said. "All things that again are going to make them good young adults."

Even though the LOB will increase from 30 percent to 31 percent, the overall mill levy will go down 2.5 mills.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for our district. We had multiple areas of our budget that were going down, so we were able to increase the LOB and restore positions, and still not raise taxes, which doesn't happen very often," said Mark Evans, USD 385 superintendent.

The restorations include two elementary teacher positions, an instructional technology coach, and 35 positions in extra curricular activities.

"It's neat to see things be restored so quickly. This is what was told would be happening and you can just watch it unfold and our kids will only benefit from it," said Marcy Dekoning, parent.

Along with the budget approval, there were 9 out of the 52 positions approved during tonight's meeting.

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