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Westford Academy #22 on Boston Magazine's 2012 List

Westford Academy rose five spots from last year on the magazine's prestigious list of the best high schools in the greater Boston area.

 

Westford Academy was recently named as #22 on Boston Magazine's top 50 high schools in Eastern Massachusetts for 2012.

The result marks a five place improvement from

Westford also ranked third among cost per pupil on the list, falling behind only Georgetown and Millis High Schools.

Westford did better than neighboring Littleton, which was #31, but was below other nearby schools such as Lincoln-Sudbury (#16), Acton-Boxborough (#9), Concord-Carlisle (#4) and Lexington (#2).

The list was calculated from a variety of factors taken from over 200 high schools in the greater Boston area.

Alex Finnegan September 09, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Westford's financial problems, in so much as they exist, are absolutely not on the teachers side of the school systems. But it's the one of the largest groups of town employees ergo the easiest to save any substantial $ so we fabricate reasons as to why it's fair. Facts are, among town employees they are required to have the most schooling, they start at substantially lower pay, and delay top pay (which is also less than many other jobs, even after adjusting) to almost double the time. As a group, overall they are one of the best in the state. The S.C., Super and Principles don't even disagree with that. Police, Fireman, Superintendents, S.C., Town Admin = Heroes. Teachers for whatever reason are leeches that need to cough up the money we don't think they deserve because we don't get what they do. Yet the summers off thing, vacations etc has been around a long time, the reason you don't have it is because you didn't pursue that career...no one to blame but ourselves for that. And unpaid vacation time aside $374 a day for 6 years of school is peanuts. I've never taken so much as a college course and I average much more than that per workday. Many town documents are on line, it's not terribly difficult to find the town workers who are OVER paid when compared to the rest of the state, or what departments are bloated. But we aren't we looking there, instead we're trying to squeeze more out of the schools. THAT is what is unsustainable.
Townie October 02, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Andrew Would still love to see a patch answers piece on ranking teacher pay.... If we are going to jump on the story of Westford Academy is ranked #22 I would like to see where WPS teacher pay ranks (my estimates have out of the top 100 of the 200 schools Boston Mag considered)
Alex Finnegan October 05, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Townie, If you clarify what you are trying to figure out I probably already have all the information and could post it for it. And are you talking about MA only or the entire USA? THe nation gets very tricky because then you have to factor in cost of living. $50k a year in Tennessee is not the same as $50k a year in Massachusetts. Everything is more expensive here, so cost of living adjustments need to be made. Also, Massachusetts is one of only 3 states that requires a Masters degree to be a teacher so that should factor into the equation as well. If you clarify what you are asking (I don't mean to be obtuse I'm really just lost as to what you mean) I probably have already worked out the numbers. Westford gets a pretty bad deal when compared to the rest of the state and fairs badly against the country as a whole as well.) I posted before, the district of Westford ranks in the top 5-10% in MA
Dan C December 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Still waiting to see the Patch Answers on where in MA ranking WA is on top paid, my calculations don't even have it in the top 75 despite the fact the school seems to be near the top 20 annually. Hope the school board is ready to treat its teachers fairly at the table next year rather than cry broke and throw them under a bus again. Funny how there was no money but when the budget included new Social Studies and English positions as well as the addition of a armed officer the money can be 'found'
Andrew Sylvia December 27, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Hi Dan, I'm at fault on that one. Still slowly getting used to the two-town workload.

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