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, March 30, 2009

The Greening of Briscoe

The Build a Better Briscoe's Green Team and the entire Beverly community are initiating a revitalization project at the Briscoe grounds this spring.

There will be a Green Team/Phase 1 Effort at Briscoe on Wednesday, April 15th from 3:30-5:00 pm and a day-long community Green Team/Phase 2 Effort at Briscoe on Saturday, May 16th.

Students from 5th grade classrooms throughout Beverly are invited and encouraged to help as part of a fifth grade service effort. In fact, anyone who is interested in rolling up their sleeves and lending a hand is welcomed to join in. Beds will be worked to improve the existing soil and many other environmentally friendly tasks will be addressed.

Trees, shrubs and perennials will be planted once the soil is amended. The City of Beverly supports this effort and will be involved. A landscaping plan is being developed from which the need for specific plantings and supplies for the revitalization will be generated.

We will post these needs as soon as possible. Any individuals and groups who would like to consider making donations of time and tender should contact Kathy Whitehair (978-922-4508) or Caryn Gallagher.

Stay tuned for more information!

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