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.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Committee to Vote Tonight

Barring any new last-minute surprises (oops...see above), the School Committee will vote tonight on either Dr. Hayes' plan, or Mayor Scanlon's plan, (or both) to consolidate the elementary schools.

Whichever way the vote goes, they need to remember that "It's the class sizes, stupid!" The debate within the community overall is not "How to save Cove," or "How to save McKeown." Both plans seem to split the same number of elementary, kindergarten, and preschool kids between the same five schools.

The overriding problem is 30 kids in a class. The most recent enrollment projections clearly show that. Take the Mayor's newly found money, and find a way to solve that, and we'll be making progress.

The meeting details are as follows:
Memorial Building
501 Cabot St.,
Room 164
7:30 pm

The meeting will NOT be televised live on BevCam, but will be taped and aired tomorrow at noon. So, if you want to see it live, you need to attend.

7:30 AM Update: As if we needed any, more drama has just been added to tonight's meeting with today's Salem News' lede story "Tape Catches Mayor Saying Superintendent 'Lying Through his Teeth'"

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