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.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Redistricting Plan Posted


Dr Hayes has posted the documents for the 5-school plan that were presented to the school committee last night.

There are three documents, a redistricting map, a street by street directory, and a budget worksheet. The above links will take you to the documents, and we will also add to the list of city documents in the left hand column. The map is larger, but less clear than what was published in both newpapers today, but the street directory will tell you what you need to know. You can also click on the map above for a larger view.

Dr. Hayes also includes this introductory note on the website, that further explains each document:

On Tuesday, June 10th, I presented to the School Committee a plan for redistricting the City's elementary schools. The School Committee recently approved a plan to close the McKeown Elementary School and use the five remaining elementary schools for students in grades PreK through 5. That plan requires a redistricting of students to those five schools.

The School Committee sought to achieve several goals through this redistricting.

  • Distribute students in a way which preserves neighborhoods,
  • Achieve class sizes below our stated maximum guidelines,
  • Maintain district and early childhood programs in the schools where they are currently housed,
  • Balance free & reduced lunch percentages across the five elementary schools within the 20-29% range, and
  • Minimize additional transportation.

The recommended plan, referred to as Version 3.13, achieves these goals. Documents presented to the School Committee include: a street directory which lists all Beverly streets and the elementary school to which residents are assigned; a map which shows the school assignment areas for the five schools; and a budget worksheet that corresponds to version 3.13.

The School Committee will next meet to consider this topic at a Meeting of the Whole scheduled for Thursday, June 12th, at 5 PM at the Memorial Building.

As always, if you have any questions about our schools, please do not hesitate to contact a building principal or central office administrator.

To contact the Superintendent's Office, you may call 978-921-6100 or email me at jim.hayes@beverlyschools.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Jim Hayes
Superintendent of Schools


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