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, October 22, 2008

Council Meeting on HS Funding Postponed

We just received word from City Hall that tomorrow's meeting and vote on the high school has been postponed. It has tentatively been rescheduled for Monday, October 27, 2008, at 6:00 PM.

10/23 UPDATE Today's Salem News explains the delay, saying Mayor Scanlon said the vote has been put off because "some of the necessary information may not be available." The story further states:

The city is facing a Monday deadline to sign a contract with a general contractor to oversee the construction or be forced to put the project out to bid again, which could end up raising the cost. But Scanlon said that deadline could be extended if the low bidder, Brait Builders, agrees.

In the meantime, the state Attorney General's Office said it is looking into "multiple protests" that have been filed over the qualifications of the four general contractors who bid on the project.

The protest issue was detailed further earlier in the week in this article in the Citizen.

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