Run for Town Office in 2017!

Your community needs you to step up!

With Town Meeting coming up in March, it’s time to think about who is going to fill all the positions in town government and in the school district to keep the wheels turning smoothly. The following is a run-down of what offices will be on the ballot in March and what the incumbents may be […]

Town Meeting 2016 Results, Article by Article

Budget passes, noise ordinance defeated

By Charlie Darling, Beacon staff

The 2016 Andover Town Meeting on March 8 began with Town Moderator Dan Coolidge introducing the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee. Next he read the moderator’s rules for the meeting and concluded by saying, “My job is not to take sides. It is to keep the meeting moving smoothly.” Article 1 The election […]

Andover School District Meeting Minutes, March 1, 2016

Condensed from approved minutes Moderator Betsy Paine introduced the Andover School Board members present: Michelle Dudek, Mark Heller, Misty Sava, Dean Barker, and Annie MacKenzie, and the Andover Budget Committee members present: Arch Weathers, Ed Hiller, Nancy Teach, and Mary Anne Levesque. Assistant Superintendent Christine Barry, SAU 46 Business Administrator Robin Heins, SAU 46 Human […]

Selectmen’s Thoughts on the Annual Town Meeting

Democracy at work in a small town

By Andover Board of Selectmen
Selectmen’s Thoughts on the Annual Town Meeting

Herbie Barton (standing, right) addresses Town Meeting on March 8, 2016. Photo: Larry Chase I hope that the “high energy and emotions” we experienced at our recent Town Meeting was cathartic in the sense that we can all see that if people speak out on an issue, they have the power to make a difference. […]

School District Meeting Passes $4.86 Million Budget

Special Ed up, offset by other cuts

By Jeremy Blackman, Monitor staff

Voters in Andover unanimously passed a new two-year teachers’ contract and operating budget at their annual school district meeting Tuesday night. The budget, $4.86 million, was up $122,000 from last year, or about 2.5 percent. Nearly all of the increase is from projected special education needs, including one-on-one student support and the transportation of some […]

School Board’s Thoughts on the Annual School District Meeting

Grateful for the community's support

By Dean Barker, Andover School Board

On Tuesday, March 1, residents of Andover gathered for our annual Andover School District Meeting to listen to, deliberate, and vote on the 2016-2017 school budget and other Andover Elementary/Middle School related warrant articles by the school board. On behalf of the board, we thank everyone who was present for this important yearly event for […]

Town Meeting to Vote on Proposed Noise Ordinance

Would replace old, unenforceable ordinance

By Board of Selectmen

The following Noise Ordinance will appear on the Town Meeting warrant and will be discussed and voted on at Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 8, in the AE/MS gym. The Andover Police Department and the Andover Board of Selectmen agree on the need for a clearer noise ordinance than the “Unnecessary Noise Ordinance” that is […]

A Few Words of Explanation About This Year’s Town Report

A few changes … some planned, some not

By Marj Roy, Town Administrator

Every year we try to make some improvements to the Town Report – better information, clearer presentation, more efficient work process, more useful layout – whatever we can do to make it work better for everyone who contributes to it and everyone who uses it. This year we wound up dealing with more changes than […]