Last Thursday's public hearing ended without any word from the Committee as to where the process goes from here, or where the members stand on any of the elements within the budget. So the biggest question on everyone's mind is "what's next"?
The next meeting to discuss the budget is the Wednesday, June 2 at 6:30 pm at Memorial. Sources say the Committee may vote on the full budget, or elements within, although a vote is not certain. In a change from previous years, the Committee plans to vote on each cost center (elementaries, Briscoe, high school, and district), and then on the budget as a whole. In theory, therefore, they could approve parts of the budget, but reject others.
If we learn any more about the agenda of the meeting, we will post updates.
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.