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 16, 2008

Salem News Sides with Hayes' Plan

Today's Salem News editorializes on the battle of the consolidation plans, and comes out on Dr. Hayes' side, calling Mayor Scanlon's plan a Band-Aid solution. The newspaper has yet to take a position on the override.

A few of the highlights of their opinion:

Scanlon did not do himself or his last-minute proposal any favors by waiting until the last minute to discuss it with the superintendent, his fellow school board members and parents. And we have to wonder whether he is just delaying the inevitable by relying on things like the value of scrap paper and residents' propensity for recycling to keep the Cove School open for the time being.

Hayes has presented a painful, but reasonable, plan to address those issues going forward if the override is unsuccessful. We'd urge the School Committee, which has taken difficult votes in the past on the consolidation of the city's middle schools and the renovation and expansion of the high school, to follow his counsel.

While he controls the budget's bottom line and his intentions are good, Scanlon would have served parents and taxpayers better by striving to offer a plan that reflected both his and the superintendent's best effort to forge a long-term solution to funding Beverly's school system.
The newspaper also announced that it will be holding a public forum on the override on Thursday, May 29th, at 7:00 PM at the Beverly Senior Center on Colon St.

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