We came across this document on the city website that those of you with business or financial backgrounds might be able to decyfer better than us. The document is called "City of Beverly: Five-Year Financial Forecast" and was published in January by a joint committee of the City Council and the School Committee. The Committee was chaired by Don Martin with Paul Guanci, Miranda Gooding, James Latter and Paul Manzo as members.
Some of these charts, numbers, and issues have been included in various materials that have been shown throughout the budget process, but we doubt many people have seen it in it's entirety. Much of this information has a bearing on the issues we are currently dealing with, so it's worth taking a look at.
We will also add it to the list of city documents to the left.
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.