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 15, 2008

New Realignment Documents

We have obtained two of the documents Dr. Hayes and the School Committee referred to at Wednesday night's meeting.

The first shows the difference between the hypothetical numbers the Mayor used to come up with his 5-school plan, compared to three possible real-world scenerios of how students could be reassigned that were studied by Dr. Hayes and his staff. Among the differences are Scanlon's projections of being able to cut 11 teachers compared to only 4-6 in any of Hayes' scenerios. There are also projected class sizes up to, and even beyond 30.

The second document shows current projected enrollments and free & reduced percentages for the Superintendent's 4-school plan. Among the alarming issues here are projected average 5th grade class sizes of 31 at Centerville, and 2nd grade average class sizes of 27, also at Centerville.

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