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, February 9, 2010

Lt. Gov. to Discuss Budget at City Hall

The Beverly Citizen reports that Lt. Governor Tim Murray and his Municipal Affairs Coordinating Cabinet will be at Beverly City Hall this Thursday from 10:30 am-noon to discuss the FY11 state budget and issues relating to municipal finances.

With Beverly city and school budgets for FY11 looking very tough, largely because of drastic reductions in local aid over the past decade, this is a good opportunity for the public to address their concerns directly to state officials.

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