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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Message from Yes! for Beverly

The Yes! for Beverly group has asked that we post this letter:
Dear reader of,

On behalf of the Yes! For Beverly Campaign, we would like to thank all of you who have been supporting the override effort with your hard work over the past several weeks.

With a $2.6 million budget gap looming for next school year, citizens of Beverly stood up and offered our city a CHOICE. Together we have made history here in Beverly. NEVER BEFORE has there been a ballot question such as ours. We now have a choice – a choice to say YES! for this community and its children and NO to politics “as usual”.

Yes! For Beverly is a campaign dedicated to EVERY school in Beverly, because we are committed to quality education in our City. Strong schools are the foundation of a strong community. We hope you feel the same way. We ask you to vote Yes! on June 3 because Beverly is worth the investment.

Thank you for your dedication to our community.

Best regards,
Joan Sullivan and Tracey Armstrong

Joan and Tracey have also written a column for the Beverly Citizen that you can read here.