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.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Let the People Decide

It's been just over two months since the Superintendent first announced his plan to reconfigure the elementary schools in a bid to close a $2.7 million budget gap. In that time, parents and other concerned citizens from all across the city have come together in the spirit of unity to study the budget in detail, push our city leaders to look at all possible alternatives, and get Beverly's first ever override on the ballot.

Tonight, we will find out if we have persuaded enough of our fellow citizens of the importance of the cause to pass the override, and give us all the time, and additional resources necessary to maintain quality schools in Beverly.

If you are still undecided, you will find nearly every budget document, press report, and meeting recap somewhere on this site, and a host of statistics and powerful arguments in support of the override on Yes! for Beverly's website.

Please get out and vote early, and make sure everyone you know gets out and votes. Call and remind anyone you know who might forget. This is expected to be a very close election. It could go either way. Remember, the recent override election in Hamilton passed by only 37 votes.

Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm

We'll be "live blogging" from the Cove Community Center event tonight, and will post any election results as we get them. So keep checking the site throughout the night.

A couple of reminders from Yes! for Beverly:

Volunteers are still needed to hold signs at all the polling places. If you have any extra time after you vote, go grab a sign, and help make that final push of visibility that may sway any remaining undecideds.

All volunteers and supporters are encouraged to attend tonight's Election Night Gathering starting at 7:00 at the Cove Community Center.

12:40 pm UPDATE: BevCam (Comcast Channel 10) will post the election result numbers as they come in tonight, starting at 7:45.

Also, Yes! for Beverly could use a few volunteers with signs to go to the commuter rail stations for evening rush hour to remind commuters to vote. The evening rush of trains starts at about 4:30. Here's the schedule.

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