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, 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

The Salem News has further information on the search.