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.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Hayes Announces Plans to Retire

Dr. James Hayes, who has served as Beverly Superintendent for the past five years, told the School Committee last night that he will retire when his current contract expires next June. Today's Salem News has the story here, and the Citizen, here.

Monday, June 1, 2009

School Committee Races Shaping Up

Kris Silverstein, a Briscoe and North Beverly parent, PTO member, and co-founder of the Beverly chapter of Stand for Children, has taken out papers to to run for the Ward 3 School Committee slot. Silverstein was active in last Spring's budget and override debate that ended in the closing of McKeown school, and she occasionally contributed to this site during that time.

You can read her press release on the Salem News' Heard in Beverly blog.

The Ward 3 seat became open following Jim Latter's decision to run for the City Council seat being vacated by John Burke, who is challenging Mayor Scanlon.

So far, the only contested seat is in Ward 4, where Gail Burke, who led Citizens for Financial Responsibility (CFR-the group that opposed last Spring's override, and tried to derail the high school construction this past fall), will challenge Karen Fogarty, who is in her first term as Ward 4 rep.

On the City Council side, outspoken school supporter Pat Grimes (who was the only Council member to publicly support the override), and Mike Cahill, (who, as a private citizen spoke out at several of last Spring budget hearings), along with current rep Bill Coughlin, former Council President Paul Guinci, and Eliot Margolis, (the other leader of CFR), are running for the three Councilor at Large seats. The top vote-getter automatically becomes Council President.

CFR is also running candidates in several of the Ward contests.

Today's Salem News has a rundown on all the races