Home of the All-Stars
Atkinson Elementary School is an inclusive learning environment growing with positive energy and effort. Our school community embraces the philosophy and goals of North Andover Public Schools around academic and social expectations. Our mission is to cultivate a safe, respectful community of students who can critically-think and communicate effectively while preparing for their next levels of learning.
Atkinson School is the "Home of the All-Stars" and it’s also the birthplace of our town's RAISE values: Respect, Achievement, Inclusion, Service & Empathy. Our students are encouraged to be high achievers and productive citizens and to demonstrate RAISE values everyday. Atkinson educators present our children opportunities for academic and social-emotional growth that build on our community values and beliefs.
We expect our 365 students in grades 1-5 to be the all-stars of today and tomorrow; good and smart people who lead by example. As a community of talented teachers and supportive families, we'll be RAISE-ing the bar as high as we can for our children. This year, we want every all-star kid and adult to go out and prove that RAISE is the Craze!
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
It is that time of year again! We are so excited to welcome your child(ren) back to school next week. As you prepare for the beginning of school, I want to take a moment to communicate some important information about the upcoming school year.
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.