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 4, 2008

Statement from Yes! for Beverly

Dear Yes! For Beverly Supporters,

As we have said from the beginning of this effort, we all wanted to wake-up on June 4th knowing we had done everything we possibly could to maintain quality education in Beverly. Today, we can say proudly that we did just that.

Nearly 4,000 people in Beverly heard our message, shared our commitment to quality education, and voted Yes! on a historic ballot question in this city. We should be proud of this accomplishment.

People came to this campaign as individuals, and as our journey went on, became a team. Today, we are part of a movement that is bigger than any one of us. We are a movement of citizens who want change, and we will continue to work together for just that.

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 and the need for meaningful dialogue with our leaders. Although the override did not pass, we still need new revenue. We continue to support responsible cuts in spending. Everyone who shares a commitment to quality education and quality of life in our community must remain active, working with our Mayor, our City Council and School Committee leaders. We will continue to make a difference.

As they say after a great game, we left it all on the field. In between the routine of our daily lives, our jobs, our churches and temples, our families, our community activities, we came together and we DID make a difference.

We are so proud of the community spirit here in Beverly. It was an honor to work with all of you. Now, we look forward, and work together for change.

With deepest gratitude,
Tracey Armstrong and Joan Sullivan
Yes! For Beverly

1 comment:

longa1m said...

To Joan & Tracey- A heartfelt thanks to you both. Thank you for reminding us of what a community really means. Thank you for representing we who believe in the positive. We who understand what the other side just didn't get.Thank you for such a great effort and more importantly an awakening of what I hope will be of things to come. This is all just the beginning...and beginnings must be of the positive nature.

YES is such a positive word isn't it?

Kudos to you & all that support the cause!!

David Hamer
Proud Beverly Schools Parent