As you've probably noticed, we've done some tinkering with the design of Save Beverly Schools. The top banner has been redesigned and now features the new Beverly High School, which will become the showpiece of the district when it opens in November. The typography is easier to read and we've widened the page to create more real estate for the wealth of information that has accumulated here over the past two years.
Most recent press coverage and commentary are now side-by-side at the top of the right-hand columns, and many of the other sections that were buried before are now easier to locate. At the bottom of the sidebar is an archive of nearly every story that has appeared in the press about the Bevery schools since March 2008.
We're still tinkering a bit, so you may notice some further changes over the next couple of days, and the site hasn't yet been tested on all browsers (Internet Explorer seems to still have some issues). If you have any comments or suggestions, or notice any bugs with the new design, please let us know.
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.