This year's State of the Schools will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2009. The presentation will include a review and forecast of the projects, highlights and issues in the Beverly Public Schools
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Coffee & Refreshments
7:30 – 9:00 pm: Speakers, including Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jim Hayes; Mayor Bill Scanlon; State Representative Mary Grant; School Committee President Annemarie Cesa; and a representative from Citywide PTO; Keynote speaker: Debra O’Connor, Director of Special Education & Pupil Services
Location: Briscoe Middle School Auditorium
This is your opportunity to hear and meet with your school and elected officials.
Snow Date: Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
The majority of the councilors spoke in favor, saying that this was a unique opportunity to fund more than half of a necessary project with state money, and that it was not an opportunity that we would likely see again if we passed it up this time.
There was some concern over the tight contingency fund, and talk of what city property might need to be sold to help fund the loan, but the motion passed with only minimal opposition.
Councilor John Burke, who was the lone dissenter, commended the Mayor for the job he did in securing the funding, but said we should look, not at the $47 million dollars that we will be getting from the state, but at the difficulty of paying the city's $33 million share.
Don Martin, who originally opposed the plan, voted in favor of the final funding this time but warned of tough times ahead, and stated that "it is almost inevitable that we will lose another elementary school," so we must be prepared for the consequences.
The City now has until Wednesday to award the contract.
12/2 UPDATE: Here is today's Salem News story.
The City Council is expected to vote on a final approval for the High School project tonight. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at City Hall.
The Salem News' Heard in Beverly blog also reports that a last minute injunction filed by Brait Builders, the original low-bidder on the project, was rejected this morning in Suffolk Superior Court. Brait had sought a delay on the project while they appealed the Attorney General's decision disqualifying their bid.
The City must sign a contract by Wednesday.