True teamwork is rare. And when you experience it, you know it. It is exhilarating.
Each of us as individuals, many who had never before met, came together. We are a group of people with different backgrounds and experiences, all equal in our commitment to protect the quality of education and life in this community. We worked together, and together, we DID make a difference.
We did not win the majority of votes tonight – but in many ways, we had already won before the votes were counted.
As we stand here tonight as a team, I will tell you, we have made history. Never before had such a ballot question been put to Beverly voters – and you were all part of this – you gave people in this community a voice.
Somewhere along this journey together, what started as a campaign became a movement. It wasn’t about one person, one school, one teacher, one meeting, one sign – it was bigger than all of that. It was about our community, our quality of life and our civic responsibility.
At this moment, more than ever, we need to stand together. Our journey is not over. We need to look ahead to next year. From the beginning, we have discussed appropriate citizen involvement – a meaningful dialogue with our leaders. We support responsible cuts in spending and Yes! For Beverly must remain active with our School Committee and City Council leaders to determine a sustainable solution. We will continue to make a difference.
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
Some excerpts from Joan and Tracey's speech to Yes! for Beverly supporters tonight: