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.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Building a Statewide Voice for Children

The new Beverly chapter of Stand for Children will host a presentation next month titled "Building a Statewide Voice for Children" at the Beverly Public Library. Speakers will include Mary Sarris, the Executive Director for the North Shore Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

Significant, positive, and lasting change in education and education funding will not happen unless we join together to fight for state reform. This past March, Beverly started its own Stand for Children chapter. Stand for Children is a grassroots organization dedicated to lasting change in education in Massachusetts and across the country. Being part of Stand gives our kids—who have no voice and no vote—a strong voice at the State House.

There is power in numbers. We know there are many citizens in Beverly who can organize and act on behalf of our kids and future generations’ kids. Please join us!

The presentation will take place Tuesday, September 15 at 7 pm in The Sohier Room at the Beverly Public Library.

For more information please contact Jim Povey or Ivy Hest.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Voluteers Wanted for Superintendent Search

The School Committee seeks 11 volunteers from the community to help in the search for a new Superintendent. Dr Hayes recently announced that he will retire at the end of the next school year.

School Committee President Annemarie Cesa hopes to have a new Superintendent in place by January, so there would be a period of time where he/she could work with Dr Hayes to smooth the transaction.

But, Cesa says, she expectes the competition to be tough, as there are as many as 60 other communities in Massachusetts looking for new Superintendents, including Swampscott and Manchester. The Committee also plans to hire a search firm to help with the process.

If you are interested in serving on the search committee, please contact Annemarie at acesa@beverlyschools.org

The Salem News has further information on the search.