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.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.
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.