In an address to the City Council last night, Mayor Scanlon suggested that a community study group be formed to work out the details of Dr. Hayes proposal, including looking at the best use for each of the six current elementary schools. He also suggested studying how one additional classroom for grades 3, 4 & 5 could be added back in to the plan to reduce projected class sizes in those grades. The Beverly Citizen has a wrapup of the address here. This should be discussed in more detail at tomorrow night's public school committee meeting.
4/24 UPDATE: You can download the text of the Mayor's speech here.
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.