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.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Galinski Settles in to New Role

New Superintendent Dr. Marie Galinski, who took over from Dr. Hayes on July 1st, has posted her first Superintendent's letter on the district website.  In it she acknowledges the financial difficulties of the past few years, but points to some of the district's successes and looks forward to the opening of the new high school, and the Strategic Planning Process that she will begin next fall:
These last few years have been challenging for us financially, yet we continue to move forward with enthusiasm and improve our programs and opportunities for students. This is in large part due to the commitment of the teachers to making education a successful experience for students and to the hard work of the parents beside us as partners in their children’s education.

The upcoming year will be one filled with excitement and challenges! We are looking forward to entering a state-of-the-art high school facility sometime in November. Not long after that, we will embark on a one-to-one learning environment which will enable us to meet the needs of students with different learning styles, strengths, and learning paces.

In addition, it is our plan to begin a Strategic Planning Process in September where we will be looking carefully at where the district wants to be in the next five years and how we are planning to get there. This will be an important process in which all community members should be involved. Look forward to hearing more about this soon.

I would like to thank the School Committee, parents, teachers, students, and other community members for giving me the distinct privilege to lead the school district. I am looking forward to my leadership role!
If you would like further introduction to Galinski and her plans for the district, try to catch the interview that BevCam has been airing.