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 16, 2008

Council Meeting on Budget Tonight

Dr. Hayes will present the approved school budget (see post below) to the City Council tonight and answer their questions about it.

The meeting will start at 6:00 in City Council chambers at City Hall, and will be televised by BevCam (Comcast Channel 10). It will be followed by a regular Council meeting.

Other upcoming meetings, as currently scheduled, include a public hearing on the full city budget on Monday, June 23rd at 7:00 pm; Council deliberation and subcommittee votes on June 25th; and the full City Council vote on the complete city budget on Thursday, June 26th.

All of these meetings occur at Council Chambers at City Hall. We will have more details on the agenda for all these meetings later, and all are subject to change.

There have been reports in the press (Boston Globe) that the Council will vote tonight on the Mayor's request to transfer $680,000 from the general fund to the schools (instead of to the trash account) to fund the 5-school model. From what we have learned, that does not appear likely, as any vote would have to come after the public hearing next Monday.

There also seems to be a debate brewing as to whether City Council approval is needed on this transfer at all. More about the procedure for approval will likely discussed tonight.

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