Calling it "the best of all the options," the special committee assembled to review Dr. Hayes proposal, plans to present it's non-binding recommendation in support of the proposal to the School Committee at tomorrow night's Joint Council Meeting. The meeting will take place at 7:00 PM at the North Beverly Elementary School.
According to this Beverly Citizen article, the committee met four times in the past week and considered five alternate plans. Among the plans they ruled out were using Hannah School, rather than Cove, as the early-childhood center, as well as a five elementary plus early-childhood center scenerio.
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.