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.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

PILOT Fighters Wanted

As we mentioned on Tuesday, City Councilor Judith Cronin is forming an ad-hoc committee to study PILOTs (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) as a way to help with the city budget issues.

PILOTs are a way for non-profit institutions such as Endicott College, which are not subject to property taxes, to help in the funding of their local community.

The Council is looking for citizen members to join Council members Cronin, and Wesley Slate.

Anyone interested in serving on the committee should send a letter of interest by June 20 to the Office of the City Clerk, 191 Cabot St., Beverly, MA, Attn: Judith Cronin

The committee will be formed by June 30 and will report back to the City Council and the mayor by Feb. 1, 2009.