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.

Monday, October 27, 2008

High School Vote Off Again; Mayor to Speak

We just received word that the City Council will NOT vote tonight on the High School project, but that they will meet to hear Mayor Scanlon speak on the issue. The meeting is at 6:00 pm at City Hall. We believe BevCam will televise. Will post any further details, once we hear.

12:45 pm UPDATE: A few more details from this post on the Salem News' Heard in Beverly blog:

City Council President Tim Flaherty said that the city is still waiting for a second vote of the Massachusetts School Building Authority board of directors to confirm the final reimbursement rate and the cap on funding of the project. The post also says Mayor Scanlon will present more information tonight on the bidding process, including the protests that were files on some of the bids.

Today was to have been the deadline for the city to sign a contract with the low bidder.

No new date has been set for the vote.

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