Although mostly a formality, the city council voted unanimously last night to approve spending $30,000 to fund the June 3 special election. Prior to the vote, nearly two dozen citizens took the opportunity to speak, and largely voiced support for the measure.
There in now just over one month left to build support with the community at large for passage of the override. At the same time, the School Committee and Superintendent are moving ahead with their plan to implement the reconfiguration plan and other cuts should the override fail. If you'd like to help with the override effort, please contact Yes! for Beverly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the Salem News coverage of the meeting.
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.