ANOTHER VOICE ON AES
When I read Leon Akers' letter to the editor concerning “not us or them,” I wanted to thank him and respond, but like so many other times I got caught up in the busyness of the day and week and never go around to it.
But today, it feels important to find the time to add my voice to others on the subject of Andover's School withdrawal. Like others I found it very frustrating that after the few moments of citizen comments, we were not allowed to speak. I even missed that, because I thought the board meeting still started at 7 p.m.
Like the students in SAD 44, each town in the district is also unique. Andover is really just a small village in a beautiful little valley that is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking vistas and waterfalls in the world and situated something like an island up here in the hills of western Maine. Yeah, you've got to be a “little different” to choose to live here, if you know what I mean.
First of all I want to thank the SAD 44 Board for their time and hard work. I know that none of this is easy, and I do appreciate your “stepping up to the plate,” especially during times like these. I especially want to thank the Andover School Board members, Mr. Emery and I are very proud to see these young fathers, most of them former students, take up the cause for the school district and the town of Andover. Do you know what other communities would do to have that kind of buy in by young fathers, young families and grandparents? It falls to the “priceless” range.
In that vein, I also want to thank the SAD 44 Board for helping many of us in Andover to define who we are and what we want for our children and our community going forward. We look at the school as our heart and an extremely vital part of our caring community. We cannot fathom that Andover would look like without a school. And for that, I thank you for helping us ground ourselves into that knowing. May we all be guided with these difficult decisions before us.