The public hearing on the overall city budget will be held on Monday, June 21, at 7:00 pm, in the council chambers at City Hall. This is the last opportunity to speak publicly about the school budget, and while it's likely too late to affect any change this year, it is an opportunity to voice the concerns of the school community to the Council members.
While many of the funding issues affecting Beverly are problems shared by most other communities in the state, the Council and the Mayor must decide how much money gets appropriated to the schools and must ensure that the quality of the schools is given the importance it should have in preserving the overall quality of life in Beverly.
The Council votes on the budget on the following Monday, June 28, also at 7:00 pm. Both meetings will televised live on BevCam.
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.