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.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Committee to Discuss Budget Monday Night

The School Committee will discuss the FY11 budget, and hear further cost cutting proposals Monday night at 7pm in the meeting room at the Memorial Building.  The committee tabled the Superintendent's previous proposal to reorganize the elementary schools, but still needs to find at least $1 million in cost savings, and most options are still on the table.

Ideas ranging from cuts to programs including art, music and gym; reductions or reorganization of the bus service, elimination of open enrollment; and cutting of an elementary principal, are among the ideas that have been discussed, but there are no concrete proposals at this point. Many of these ideas were on the last page of the spreadsheet that was prepared for the last Committee meeting.

Additionally, we may hear more about the status of the school union negotiations.  Dr. Hayes announced at the March 22 meeting at Hannah, that the teachers and other school unions had been approached about making some concessions, but later reports said the unions wanted to know why Mayor Scanlon had not made a similar request to the city unions.

Much of this could be clarified Monday night, so everyone should plan to attend the meeting if possible.

Since this will be a working meeting, and the public will not have a chance to speak, please contact your School Committee representative ahead of time, if you have anything you'd like them to hear.

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