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.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

BevCam Override Interviews

BevCam has posted web videos of the two "Understanding the Issues" Override interviews that it first aired last week. We have embedded the Yes! for Beverly inteview above. If you are having trouble playing it here, or would like to watch the Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility (the No Override group) interview, you can go the BevCam video page.

The Override Forum isn't yet available online, but it will be run continuously on Channel 10 until the election. Here is the schedule:

Saturday at 5:55 PM
Saturday at 9:36 PM
Sunday at 10:11 AM
Sunday at 1:53 PM
Sunday at 5:34 PM
Sunday at 9:15 PM
Monday at 11:11 AM
Monday at 2:53 PM
Tuesday at 11:11 AM
Tuesday at 5:11 PM

UPDATE: There is a third episode of "Understanding the Issues, " where host Scott Houseman interviews Dr. Hayes and City Finance Director John Dunn. This is a very informative interview on school budget issues, as well. Airing times for this are as follows.

Sunday at 8:00 AM
Sunday at 11:45 AM
Sunday at 3:26 PM
Sunday at 7:07 PM
Monday at 9:00 AM
Monday at 12:45 PM
Tuesday at 9:00 AM
Tuesday at 3:00 PM

BevCam is generally running these three shows, as well as the Override Forum, pretty much nonstop between now and Tuesday's election.

Note: Our website has been very buggy the past few days. We think we found the gremlin causing the problem, but if anyone still has issues with slow page loading, please let us know.

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