There are opportunities next week for people to get involved on both fronts.
Sunday night is an organizational meeting for Yes! for Beverly. All those willing and able to volunteer their time and talents to help get the word out and pass the override are urged to attend.
Wednesday night is another Public Meeting with Dr. Hayes and the School Committee. This is one more chance to bring your questions and creative ideas on the budget to the table in a public forum.
Details on both of these meetings, as well as other upcoming events, are in the post above.
Next Steps for FY09 Budget
The Public Meeting held on April 1st to discuss the proposals I made to close the $2.67 million shortfall for FY09 was a great opportunity for community input to a major decision affecting the whole City. I have prepared a document which responds to the questions and comments presented that evening. It is important to me that citizens be as informed as possible, so I hope you will take the time to read my April 1st response as well as other documents on our Administration webpage.
The recent decision by the City Council to hold an election on June 3rd for an override of Prop 2½ is a historic step for the City of Beverly. It gives the voters a direct say in the future of their school system and their community in general.
Moving forward, I believe the School Committee needs to plan for two scenarios, one based on the current revenue projection and one based on the additional $2.5 million that would come to the schools through a successful override vote. I will be preparing two such budgets for their consideration and will ask that they approve budgets for both scenarios by mid-May. Once an override vote is taken we will be ready regardless of which way the vote goes. In addition, I believe the Committee needs to decide as soon as possible its position on the reconfiguration of the elementary schools. Parents, students, and staff are anxious about their uncertain future, and the sooner we can take definitive steps the better for all involved.
Superintendent of Schools