Andover withdrawal agreement hearing Nov. 18
A public hearing to discuss the merits of a proposed agreement under which Andover could withdraw from SAD 44 is anticipated to take place Nov. 18 at the Andover Town Hall.
The hearing is expected to be formally scheduled by the SAD 44 School Board at a special meeting on Monday.
It will provide feedback to the Department of Education, which must approve the final agreement upon which the town will actually vote.
SAD 44 and the Andover Withdrawal Committee recently approved a tentative agreement, which also received conditional approval from the DOE pending the results of the hearing.
People attending the hearing, said Andover Selectboard Chair Susan Merrow, “need to know that this first hearing is about the agreement itself, not whether or not to vote for it. There will be another hearing [held by the town] closer to the vote to discuss whether or not the town should leave - covering pros, cons, costs, etc."
That vote is expected to take place in early January, Merrow said. “It has to be at least 35 days from the day the DOE approves the [final] agreement,” she said.
The second hearing must be 10 days before the vote, she said.