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 3, 2009


It was a great night for SBS favored candidates, as our picks won every race across the city, and the field of candidates put up by Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility (CFR) went down to resounding defeat.

Mayor Scanlon soundly defeated challenger John Burke by a margin of 60% to 40% in what some expected to be a closer race.

Former State Rep. Mike Cahill won the City Council Presidency by 76 votes over runner-up Paul Guanci who, along with Pat Grimes, won at-large seats on the Council. CFR leader Elliot Margolis managed only 24% of the vote citywide.

In the Ward 4 School Committee race Karen Fogarty trounced challenger Gail Burke (the other leader of CFR) by a margin of 65% to 35%.

And in the three contested ward Council races, incumbents Kevin Hobin and Judith Cronin, along with former School Committee member James Latter all won their races.

Congratulations to all on their victories.

The Salem News has all the final numbers here.

11/4 UPDATE: Today's Salem News has a package of stories on the election, including Scanlon's win, Cahill's win, Burke's loss, and the other races.

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