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 18, 2008

Talking Trash

There will be a public hearing on the city budget next Monday night, and expect much of the conversation to focus on trash.

Thursday's Beverly Citizen follows the money and explains the nitty gritty of how money that once subsidized trash collection, will instead subsidize the schools. And why "technically, the money isn’t coming from the trash fee."

Technically or not, as several City Councilors mentioned on Tuesday night, the plan has created "a lot of angry constituents," and as we saw on June 3, they may make their views known at the hearing.

If the Council were to pull that funding at this point, as has been discussed by some members, it would surely cause more chaos.

If that were to happen, Dr. Hayes has said that it would more likely result in major program cuts, rather than reconsideration of the 4 school + ECC plan, because of the lack of time to implement a different reconfiguration plan at this late date.

Tracey Armstrong of Yes! for Beverly will be hosting a gathering at her house this Thursday night at 7:30 to discuss the school communities' strategy for the hearing. All are welcome. Please contact Tracey for more information.

If you'd like to contact your City Councilor, here is their contact information.

Monday's hearing will be held at City Council chambers at City Hall, starting at 7:00 pm. It will be televised live by BevCam.

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