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, November 24, 2008

State Approves $80.2 Million Cap for HS

11/25 UPDATE: The Massachusetts School Building Authority yesterday officially approved raising the cap on reimbursement of the High School project up to a maximum of $80.155 million. (note: if you read this post last night, we had listed the figure at $81.155 million, which our source, the Beverly Citizen, had incorrectly reported. They have since corrected.)

The Salem News also has the story.

This figure is short of the $81.5 figure that Mayor Scanlon had hoped for, but still amounts to about $46.8 million, (according to the Salem News; The Citizen reports the figure at $45.2) that the State will pay toward the project.

If the school is certified as a "green school" (as is the plan) upon completion, there is an additional 2% reimbursement available. That may account for the discrepancy between the two newspapers.

This move clears the way for a final vote by the City Council, hopefully on Monday night, in time for the December 3rd deadline to sign the contract.

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