Today's Salem News states that all but two of the nine city councilors are remaining neutral, or say they are undecided on the Override. Mayor Scanlon has also said many times that he is neutral:
"I have been totally neutral on the override, and I remain so," Scanlon said. "I think that's the proper role for me to play."
Only John Burke (no), and Pat Grimes (yes) have taken a public position.
Some of their explanations are expanded upon in a new post on the News' Heard in Beverly Blog, although most stick with some variation of "it's the voter's decision":
“I think it’s up to the people to decide..."-Bill Coughlin
"...I will respect the voters’ decision."-Judith Cronin
"...Let the people decide which way they want to go..." -Tim Flaherty
"...I think every individual voter has to make up his or her own mind..."-Don Martin
Among the School Committee members, only Jim Latter has not publicly stated his position (see update and comment below). David Manzi is opposed, and the remaining four members all publicly are in support.
State Rep Mary Grant also has stated her support for the Override
Manzi is the only official to openly criticize the others for failing to take a position. "I really think we're elected to take positions," he said. "There are too many elected officials trying to walk the line, and that's the reason nothing gets done."
5/30 UPDATE: Jim Latter has posted a detailed comment below where he takes a strong stand in favor of the override.
Latter states "I have concluded that the only way to avoid calamity in our school system over the next few years is to support the override on June 3"
Click on the comment link below, or the headline of this post to read.
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.