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.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Superintendent Search Focus Groups

The following notice is from School Commitee Vice-President Maria Decker:

The search for a new superintendent of schools is well underway. A very important part of the process is to solicit community input about the attributes, experiences, and desired goals for a new superintendent. This will be of valuable assistance to the School Committee and the Screening Committee as they select and interview the candidates.

Dr. Ken DeBenedictis, a search consultant with the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) will meet with interested staff, parents, and community members in focus groups. Participation in focus groups will require between 1 and 1 1/2 hours. The date and time is listed below. Everyone is welcome to attend and to participate in that meeting. No previous sign-up is required. Each person's contribution to the group is very important to the process.

Three Parent/Community Focus Groups will be held: on Thursday, December 3rd at 10:00am at the Senior Center on Colon Street; on Saturday, December 5th at 10 am in the Hannah School cafeteria; and on Saturday, December 5th at 2pm at the Hannah School cafeteria.

(Two Faculty/Staff Focus Groups will be held: on Tuesday, December 1st at 3:15pm in the Briscoe cafe and on Thursday, December 3rd at 2:30pm at the Senior Center on Colon Street.)

Focus groups are an important part of the search process because they are designed to obtain the input of teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and community members about the attributes, experience, and knowledge they believe the new superintendent should possess. The focus groups also provide an opportunity for participants to identify immediate tasks on which the new superintendent should concentrate.

The Beverly School Committee wants and values your opinions. We encourage you to attend and hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to participate.

11/19 UPDATE: The Schoo0l Committee is also looking for citizen volunteers to serve on the Finance and Facilities Committee and the Curriculum, Instruction and Student Life Committee.