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, September 12, 2008

High School Bids in On Budget

City officials today opened the final bids for the high school project. According to the Beverly Citizen, the bids were in line with what was expected, with the low bid, submitted by Brait Builders Corp. of Marshfield, at $65.9 million.

The city now has up to 30 days to sign a contract, and the project is currently scheduled to break ground by the end of October.

If you'd like to follow the progress and see the plans for the project, the administration maintains a high school construction page on their website.

The above photo shows the approved building design.

9/15 UPDATE: Monday's Salem News has more on the project status.

9/16 UPDATE: Tuesday's Salem News reports that the estimated price, with additional costs not in the base contract has now risen to $83 million. These items include architectural and engineering fees, furniture fixtures and equipment, technology and "contingencies."

That is still only halfway to Newton's Big Dig, but still nearly a $20 million increase from the original price tag, before ground has broken.

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