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.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Schools's Out, But Debate Goes On

Even though classes ended today, there is still at least one more week of VERY IMPORTANT meetings left before the FY09 budget is settled.

As we mentioned earlier, there is a public hearing Monday night on the city budget, and with the $680,o0o transfer of funds still very controversial, it is as important as ever that the pro-school community make a strong presence.

The hearing will be divided into two parts, with the first, starting at 7:00, focusing specifically on the Mayor's request to transfer $680,000 to fund the current school budget proposal. This is scheduled for 30 minutes, but may go longer.

Following this is a more general hearing on the overall city budget, including the schools.

Both parts are very important to our cause.

Anyone interested in speaking in favor of the schools, and encouraging City Council members to allow the $680,000 the Mayor has allocated to stay with the schools, can call City Hall today (978-921-6000) and sign up to speak. You can also sign up on Monday if you arrive prior to the beginning of the hearing.

There are already several speakers signed up for the first part, but speakers are especially needed for the second part.

This is also a good time to contact your city councilor, and remind them that come election time you will support those who support education. The ball is truly in their court now, and only they can prevent further drastic cuts NOW.

The meeting will be held at City Council Chambers at City Hall. It will be televised live on BevCam (Comcast Channel 10).

Other meetings for the week are listed at the top of the left-hand column.

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