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

Override Fails

Tracey Armstrong and Joan Sullivan just announced to the crowd gathered at the Cove Community Center that the override had been defeated.

The numbers were not close, with 6,686 voting NO, and only 3,846 voting YES. In percentage terms that translates to a 37% t0 63% margin. Pretty much a landslide. Every precinct in the city voted NO.

Tracy and Joan spoke eloquently tonight about how we've changed Beverly for the better — we created a civil dialogue about important issues where none existed before. We hope to get a copy of their speech to post soon, because we couldn't do it justice at this point.

Here are the final vote totals by precinct:

  • W1P1: Yes: 196; No: 521
  • W1P2: Yes: 251; No: 761
  • W2P1: Yes: 145; No: 353
  • W2P2: Yes: 283; No: 360
  • W3P1: Yes: 124; No: 324
  • W3P2: Yes: 309; No: 526
  • W4P1: Yes: 486; No: 559
  • W4P2: Yes: 520; No: 623
  • W5P1: Yes: 351; No: 645
  • W5P2: Yes: 319; No: 643
  • W6P1: Yes: 379; No: 537
  • W6P2: Yes: 483; No: 834
Total: Yes: 3846; No: 6686

Here are the initial writeups from the News and Citizen.

UPDATE: If you have the stomach for it, the Citizen posted some new numbers this afternoon on class sizes, free & reduced population, and new deficit with the current 5-school plan. The numbers seem most alarming for Hannah, which sees its free & reduced population soar to 34.92%.

6/4 UPDATE: The Salem News' Wednesday morning story is here and the Citizen's is here.


wkyrouz said...

Thank you to Joan, Tracey and the rest of the Yes crew for an amazing effort.

I am so disappointed in my city right now. This grassroots campaign needs to stick together. Whether that means taking this fight to the state, replacing Mayor Scanlon, or other things we need to move forward. We need to affect lasting change for the future of our city and public education.

Corinne Eanes said...

Thank you to everyone... what a great community/city wide effort. Although it is sad to see McKeown close and my children get shuffled around, I am glad to know that there are so many people who care so much...
And as McKeown's logo goes...
Together Everyone Achieves More...
TEAM Beverly!!!

jhall said...

We are reposting the below comment that got posted in the wrong place.

I was deeply disappointed by the decision of the majority of Beverly voters who voted No to yesterday's override. I find their decision myopic and driven purely by self interest. In their current state of crazed euphoria, they fail to realize that due to their actions, they have directly contributed to the start of a long term decline in the quality of life in our town and the ramifications will eventually hit all of us. As the parents of 4 children, 3 of whom do not attend schools in Beverly, we supported this override out of civic responsibility and loyalty to the community. I am saddened that the dark and ignorant side of human nature prevailed last night and we are now seriously considering moving out of the community to a neighboring town. My respect for these people who appear normal and reasonably well balanced on the outside has diminished. Our thanks go out to all those who saw reason and gave their every effort to preserve the community we've built up over the years.

Respectfully yours

Paul and Maria R.
Old Planters Rd