Tonight is your only remaining opportunity to speak publicly about this year's budget cuts. It is very important that all concerned parents attend, and make their views known.
The local media seem to want to make this all about the cuts to cafeteria workers benefits, so its important for parents to make it known that there are far more serious concerns educationally contained within this budget, particularly large class sizes at the elementary schools, and cuts to core curriculum teachers at the high school that could have a devastating affect on the school's upcoming accreditation.
While we share the concern for families that will lose their benefits, the fact is that there are not many jobs where you get full benefits for working 20 hours a week. We'll leave it to the School Committee to defend themselves against today's Salem News story that says two of the members (Annemarie Cesa, and David Manzi) take the benefits themselves at a cost to the city of $15,000 each.
The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Memorial Building auditorium.
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.