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.

Friday, May 30, 2008

McKeown Principal Resigns

In a story titled "McBride gets out of Dodge," The Beverly Citizen reports that McKeown School Principal Colleen McBride has accepted a new job in Andover. McBride was slated to become principal of Hannah under the Superintendent's original restructuring plan, but her future was unknown under the current plan to close McKeown, should the override fail. If the override is successful, the system will now be short one principal.

This is most likely just the first, of many losses of talented teachers and administrators in Beverly. The Salem News reported yesterday that pink slips had already been sent to over 100 school employees who do not have professional status, or tenure.

UPDATE: One reader points out that with Colleen McBride leaving, the system will actually be short 2 principals if the Override passes, since Bill Foley at Centerville is retiring this year, and the search for a replacement had been put on hold, with all the uncertainty.

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