EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 8, 2013

North Andover school programs likely to cost more next year

By Paul Tennant

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Parents who place their children in before-school and after-school programs will probably be paying more next year.

These programs enable parents to drop off their children at school while they are on their way to work and/or pick them up at school before heading home.

School Business Administrator James Mealey told the School Committee last night he is recommending an 8 percent increase.

“We need to generate enough revenue to finish in the black,” he explained. The fees are now $248 per month for after-school programs and $152 for before-school. If the School Committee approves the recommendation, the fees will climb to $268 per month for after-school and $164 per month for before-school.

Mealey said that even with the increase, North Andover parents pay less for this convenience than their counterparts in other school systems. The average after-school fee for several area school systems, including Methuen and Andover, is $385 per month, according to figures Mealey presented to the committee.

The average before-school fee is $187 per month, according to Mealey’s numbers. The committee is expected to act on Mealey’s recommendation at its April 4 meeting.

In other business, School Committee member Stanley Limpert, who is directing this year’s selection of an inductee into the North Andover Educators Hall of Fame, said, “We do have a nominee.”

Limpert did not release the name last night. Each year, the School Committee accepts nominations for the Hall of Fame. Candidates must be retired. The committee then selects the educator who will be honored.

Last year, the committee inducted John Minihan, who taught world history at North Andover High School for more than 30 years, into the Educators Hall of Fame.