The Franklin School is home to approximately 400 students in grades 1-5. At Franklin we strive to create a safe, challenging educational environment that offers meaningful learning experiences designed to engage all students. We recognize and embrace the wonderful diversity of cultures, talents, learning styles and backgrounds that our students bring to us. We celebrate individual differences and set high expectations for all. Our goal is to create a community of learners who treat each other with respect and dignity. We believe we are able to achieve that through the collaborative efforts of a strong partnership between the school, families and the community who all have a shared vision of common values.
September 29, 2023
Dear Members of the North Andover Public Schools Community,
As you may be aware, the North Andover School Committee has been in negotiations for a successor agreement with the North Andover Teachers Association since December of last year. The current agreement expired on September 1, 2023, but per Massachusetts labor law all the language and conditions of the prior contract continue until a successor agreement is reached. As a rule we would not address negotiations in public, but given that the Teachers Association has engaged the public, we feel it is necessary to share our perspective on these negotiations with you as well.
First and foremost, we respect our teachers and believe they are critical to the success of our students. That is why we have offered them what we believe to be a fair and competitive salary proposal. The past three negotiated agreements have averaged just over 6% for each three year period, and our initial offer in these negotiations was in line with the past agreements. The Teachers’ Association has maintained their initial position of 13.5% over three years and at the last meeting requested an additional year at 4.5%.
Working with the Town Manager on creative ways to fund a contract increase without negatively impacting North Andover tax payers, the School Committee has increased its salary proposal 2 times. With recent inflation in mind and trying to maintain competitive salaries with neighboring school districts, the School Committee's last offer to the Teachers Association is a 12.5% increase over the 3 year period of the new contract. The School Committee and Town Manager do not believe they can in good conscience offer any more than this without increasing risks of cuts to the School District budget in the coming years. The offer by the Committee would result in the average salary for a teacher moving from $84,704 per year to $100,116 per year, and the top salary for a teacher moving from $102,040 per year to $115,317 per year. The School Committee’s offer will increase teacher salaries in line with our neighboring districts. This offer was rejected by the Teachers’ Association.
Please know that we value and appreciate the work of our teachers and we understand how unsettling this situation is to our teachers, our students, and our community. We also owe a duty to the citizens of North Andover that we get a fair and equitable contract. To that end, we believe that the financial proposal that we have put forth does exactly that for both the teachers and residents.
David S. Brown
Chair, North Andover School Committee
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) is publicly releasing the Spring 2023 MCAS accountability results later today to school districts throughout the state. Overall, as a district, North Andover is making substantial progress toward MCAS targets and has no schools designated as requiring DESE assistance or intervention.
We will be reviewing the data over the next several weeks at the district and school levels. That information will be used to adjust and inform the instruction our students receive as we continue to address their learning needs. We will also be presenting an overview of our North Andover MCAS results to the School Committee in late October.
We expect the parent reports to arrive in the district by the end of the month. North Andover has tentatively planned for Parent Reports to be disseminated in early October
Dear NAPS Community:
I hope you and your family have remained safe after yesterday’s wild storm. I am so grateful that we had an early release yesterday and avoided dismissing students during such a powerful and destructive storm. I know that many of you have no power and have been dealing with downed trees and property damage. I wanted to share some important information that may be helpful to you and your family.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory through Thursday evening into Friday, September 8th. We want to remind you to send your child with a water bottle and dressed in lightweight clothing. We will have ample water on hand in case students forget water or need additional water. We will be encouraging students to hydrate throughout the day and will be limiting activities to indoors when possible. As always, parents may exercise their right to keep a child home from school if they feel attendance will have a negative impact on their child’s health and/or well being. Please reach out to your building Principal if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for working together to educate our students.
Dr. Gregg T Gilligan