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State meets obligation on SPED mandate

State meets obligation on SPED mandate

  By: State Senator Steve Panagiotakos – April, 2008 Chairman Senate Ways & Means Committee  The following information is intended to address the issue of local mandates and explains how…

Former North Andover’s Acting Superintendent Gave Himself Illegal Raise of $4,484 Raise

VALLEY PATRIOT EXCLUSIVE!   By: Tom Duggan – January, 2008   The North Andover School Committee is suing their former acting Superintendent Richard Bergeron for illegally giving himself a $4,484.34…

Lawrence Mayor, Superintendent to Protest Stokes at Tonight’s School Committee Meeting

Lawrence Mayor, Superintendent to Protest Stokes at Tonight’s School Committee Meeting

Asks Community to stand with our Veterans   by Wilfredo Laboy, posted 1/10/08   During a period in which the City of Lawrence and the Lawrence Public Schools have made…

Silence of town officials at N.A. Special Town Meeting is Unacceptable

Silence of town officials at N.A. Special Town Meeting is Unacceptable

    Sandy Gleed     This Monday’s special town meeting demonstrated far more about the shortcomings of municipal government than it did about the average citizen’s desire to exert…

N. Andover’s poor education choices shouldn’t be repeated in other communities

    By: Ralph Wilbur – December, 2007 In the late 1960’s, North Andover was one of the first communities to wholeheartedly adopt the then current fad for “open classroom”…

Debriefing my 7th Grader

Tom Duggan – December, 2007 Last month, my 7th grade daughter at the North Andover Middle School came home from school and said that she learned in her Spanish class…

Pro-Override Group’s Embarrassing Obfuscation: An Admission of Guilt

Pro-Override Group’s Embarrassing Obfuscation: An Admission of Guilt

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX   By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – September 05, 2007 In our July edition, I wrote an article entitled “Snookered” that analyzed a highly questionable pro-override campaign…

Goal Setting Institute Opens in Lawrence

Goal Setting Institute Opens in Lawrence

  By: Tom Duggan – August, 2008 James Desrosiers does not like to talk about his troubled childhood growing up in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, but mentions that he had lacked any…

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL: Thank You J.K. Rowling!

August, 2007  We wish to thank author J.K. Rowling for inspiring so many people, especially young children, to read and to enjoy reading in the age of internet, television and…

Laboy: Race Politics is Ruining Lawrence

Laboy: Race Politics is Ruining Lawrence

Tom Duggan (07/03/07) Lawrence Superintendent of Schools Wilfredo Laboy has been under fire by critics over the last month for his decision to house newly arrived immigrant students with lack of…

Valley Patriot Editorial: Come Join the Circus in North Andover

  May 5, 2007  We are looking forward to the circus that will take place at this year’s May 14th North Andover Town Meeting.  On the town warrant to be…

Thanks to the Staff of the North Andover Middle School

  By: Tom Duggan – May 7, 2007  When I thought of my daughter Hanna advancing from 5th grade at the Thomson School to 6th grade at the North Andover…

Audit Shows North Andover School Committee Incompetence

PAYING ATTENTION! WITH TOM DUGGAN   By Tom Duggan, February, 2007 Maybe the North Andover School Committee really isn’t incompetent. Perhaps it is completely capable of running the schools efficiently and…

Licciardello Lashes Out… Respectfully

By: Tom Duggan – February, 2007  NORTH ANDOVER – At a recent meeting of the Board of Selectmen, where the town’s capital improvement plan was being discussed, tax and spend…

Who Was Disingenuous?

September, 2006 At North Andover’s June 5th Annual Town meeting, the School Committee threatened to cut 23 classroom teachers if its budget was reduced from its original request to the…