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.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Final Public Hearing

There will be one last chance for the public to comment on the Superintendent's plan to reconfigure the elementary schools, and cut $2.6 million from next year's budget. The hearing will be held:
Monday, May 12th
7:00 PM
Beverly High School Auditorium
BevCam (Comcast Channel 10) will televise (to be confirmed)

On Wednesday, May 14th, the School Committee plans to vote on the reconfiguration plan, and later in the month, will vote on two versions of the budget: One with the final version of the reconfiguration plan in place; and another in the event that voters approve the override at the June 3rd Special Election. The alternate version will include more minor cuts, but leave the current six school configuration in place.

More details on community plans for the public hearing to come.

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