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.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Scanlon's Plan Revealed

The Beverly Citizen has just posted details of the plan Mayor Scanlon will present at tonight's School Committee meeting. Some highlights of the report are below:
  • The plan saves Cove School, but closes McKeown
  • The plan costs $680,000 more than closing both schools.
  • The difference would come from trash-fee revenue and increased recycling savings.

School Committee President Annemarie Cesa said she was “flabbergasted” that Scanlon would propose a new plan so late in the budget process.

In an e-mail response to the Citizen, Dr. Hayes stated: “I called the Mayor and he refuses to share his plan with me before Wednesday night’s meeting. Despite my protests that this may lead to a chaotic end of the school year, despite my protests that School Committee members and the Superintendent share in a 'no surprises' rule, there is no desire to work with me prior to the meeting. That is not good for this school system or this community.”

I didn’t want to promise a plan that I might not have been able to deliver on,” Scanlon said. “I wanted to make sure the numbers would work and I just finished working it out.”

You can read the full report here.

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