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

New Kindergarten and Redistricting Info

Dr. Hayes met with parents at McKeown last night to answer questions about the budget and redistricting, and shared some important information.

First, under the current plan (without an override) due to space issues, full-day kindergarten may go to a lottery system where even children whose parents are willing to pay the $4,000 fee may not get a full-day spot and be forced to attend half-day. He also said that in some cases full-day kindergarten students would not be able to attend the same building as their older siblings.

Dr. Hayes also said that hundreds of elementary students will be redistricted under the current plan. In addition to the McKeown students, elementary students from across the City will have to attend a new school in September.

We have also confirmed that students who currently ride a bus (the largest bus riding population is at Cove School today) may be redistricted to help accommodate the shifting population and to balance free and reduced lunch.

Hayes says that students may end the current school year not knowing what school they will attend in September if the override does not pass and a redistricting plan is not approved before then.

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