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.

Monday, June 2, 2008

The Ballot Question

Today's Salem News runs down all the final details of tomorrows election, from the offical text of the question, to the bottom line of what a YES or NO vote does. They also list the polling places.

The ballot question reads as follows:
Shall the City of Beverly be allowed to assess an additional $2,500,000.00 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purposes of funding the operating budget of the Beverly Public Schools for which the monies from this assessment will be used for the fiscal year beginning July first, two thousand eight.

The News also runs it's endorsement editorial on the election, but after commending those elected officials who took a position on the override, decides to stay neutral themselves.

There is also a new batch of letters (some are linked individually in the Editorial section on the left) in support, and at least one letter by vocal NO supporter (and former Mayoral candidate) Patrick Lucci that may do more to hurt public opinion of the NO side than anything the YES side could say.

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