This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Dr. Hayes Responds to Public Meeting Comments

Dr. Hayes has just issued this document to address many of the questions and comments from last Tuesday night's Public Meeting.


Julie BG said...

I have been reading Dr. Hayes very long response to the questions we've posed over the last week. Part way through he writes something I think is very important for all of Beverly to hear:

"As the educational leader of this community, however, the citizens of Beverly need to know that we are at a crossroads. Over the last several years we have chipped away and chipped away at the kind of education we should be providing the children of Beverly ... That difference in quality has a direct correlation to the perceived quality of a community. And that has a direct impact on all Beverly citizens. If you think these cuts to education don’t affect you, you are wrong. Yes, it costs a lot to educate a child; it costs even more if you don’t. "

Lauren said...

Julie reiterates a very valid point! That jumped out at me as well!