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, February 24, 2010

Committee to Review FY11 Budget Tonight

The School Committee will meet tonight to view Superintendent Hayes' initial FY11 budget draft. The proposed budget will show a clearer picture of what the budget gap looks like. The presentation made at the State of the Schools in January showed a gap of over $3 million.

The budget, while still preliminary, may include some "non-teaching" and other cost reduction options that were requested from individual school administrators based on earlier committee meetings.

The meeting is in the committee room (164) at the Memorial Building, beginning at 7:30. It will not be recorded or televised by BevCam.

If any regular contributors to this site are able to attend, feel free to email your notes on what is discussed.

We will try to post a copy of the draft budget when it is available.

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