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, May 4, 2010

New Details for Tonight's Budget Meeting

Here is a copy of the budget document that will be referenced at tonight's School Committee budget meeting.

Among the new information contained in this spreadsheet is a further increase in health insurance costs that will add about $70,000 to the previous gap.

Additionally, Superintendent Hayes indicates that after looking at more recent enrollment figures, he no longer recommends (see clarification in the above post) the open-enrollment "pushback" scenereo  because the new figures make two of the options unworkable, and the others create class sizes (27-29 in some grade 3-5 classes) that he considers too high.

Word also is that the transporation figures will not be complete for tonight's meeting.

The meting will be held tonight in the meeting room at Memorial beginning at 7:00.

Check this site late tonight or tomorrow morning for any new information that comes out of the meeting.

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