The Salem News interviewed Mayor Scanlon the morning after his stunning announcement that he has a new plan to address the school budget deficit.
Asked by the paper what he can tell the public and the School Committee about his plan, Scanlon replied "Absolutely nothing. They'll see it when I talk to them (tomorrow night)"
Questioned further on how the School Committee can vote on his plan when they won't get it until the meeting, Scanlon said, "They don't have to vote tomorrow night. I'll be ready to vote tomorrow night, but if they want to think about it longer they can think about it longer."
Scanlon said he won’t tell anybody, including the School Committee, until tomorrow night’s School Committee meeting. Even Tim Flaherty, the City Council president, said this morning that he knows nothing about the mayor’s plan.
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.