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, January 30, 2009

Schools Hanging On

City education leaders last night night presented the State of the Schools address at Briscoe auditorium. While acknowledging the"tumultuous"period of the last few years that have seen the closing of two schools, and tremendous uncertainty ahead in terms of state and city finances, the message was still somewhat positive.

Dr Hayes and School Committee President Annemarie Cesa said that the schools have managed to preserve more programs than our neighbors, make steady progress on increasing test scores, and have broken ground on a new state-of-the-art high school. Hayes also pointed to the positive effects of partnerships and donations from local businesses and individuals.

In spite of it all, the city still delivers a quality, and "progressive" education, he said.

The Superintendent also asked for patience in developing next years budget, saying that most of the expenses are known, but state funding and any affects from the federal stimulus package are still in flux.

Today's Salem News has more details.

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