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Andover School
 

How we got to where we are today:

 

2011

 
April       
 
    SAD44 School Board voted to close Andover Elementary
 
June       
 
    Andover citizens voted to keep AES open by paying 
    the difference in the budget of $214,000.  (This was a net increase of around $188k)
 
    Citizens began meeting weekly to research options
 
July
 
    A fund raising campaign began to help off-set taxation
 
August  
 
    Over 70 citizens volunteered & donated over $10k 
    AES “Contractor’s Day”
 
September to February  
 
    A variety of events, like an “An Evening with Pete” and theater performance
    “Love Letters”, plus numerous raffles were held to off-set cost to the taxpayers. 
 
    Over $12k was used to offset taxation in 2011.
 
    Another $2k has been raised to reduce taxation in 2012.
 
    Year long   2011 AES principal, Beth Clarke, parents and teachers organized a successful and active after school program.
 
 

2012

 
March
 
    Andover voted to offer an additional $68,000 (Which was the estimated additional facilities cost & Principal stipend in the AES budget)
    to try and sway the SAD44 board to keep AES open.
 
April
 
    The SAD44 accepted the check and voted to keep AES open another year.
 
June
 
    The SOS Subcommittee “on our own” petitioned to start the process to leave SAD44, due to the stress
    of battling closure every year for everyone and the impact on the future of the town.
 
September
 
    Andover residents voted to begin negotiations with SAD44 to leave the district.
 
October
 
    The legally required “withdrawal committee” was formed and they began meeting at least once a week with
    consultants and lawyers to present a Withdrawal Draft Agreement to SAD44.
 
2013
 
September
 
   The Withdrawal Committee and the Chair of the SAD 44 Board sign an agreement to allow Andover to form its own school unit
 
December
 
   Information meeting held on December 5, 2013 to present a budget estimate prior to the vote to leave the district 
   that is scheduled for January 7, 2014
 
2014
January 
 The vote on January 7, 2014 went against leaving the district by a narrow margin. There are two groups working to 
 keep the school open. One working to leave the district by holding another vote; because the law allows a revote if the
 number of voters in favor of leaving the district equals 60%. This was the case. A second group consisting of Andover
 citizens and SAD 44 board members are working toward remaining in the district with a yet to be defined "long term agreement".
  
  
 
 
 
 
                                                               
                                   
 
Town of Andover
27 Stillman Ave
P. O. Box 19
Andover, Maine 04216
207-392-3302
207-392-1205 Fax
 
 

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