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.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

More Q & A with Dr. Hayes

The School Committee and Dr. Hayes held another public meeting last night to respond to questions submitted from the public. Sixty-nine specific questions were answered in detail in this prepared handout, and then summarized by Hayes and the panel.

Points of note were:
  • Hannah, as well as Cove, is still being considered as the site for the ECC. In the handout, Hayes confirmed that Mayor Scanlon was considering having the city pay the estimated $700,000 cost of adding the two classrooms that would be necessary for Hannah to work as the ECC. The city would bond the construction costs over several years.
  • The first cut to be restored should more funding be found would be the four-person team at Briscoe
  • The school committee voted to form a parent and community panel to study the details of the plan and make a report within 3 weeks
  • Hayes and the School Committee will present two final budgets by May 21, one with some form of the consolidation plan should the Override fail, and one with the current configuration should the Override pass
You can read more about the meeting here.

4/28 UPDATE: This Document was updated today with new responses from Mayor Scanlon.

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