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.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Strategic Planning Committee Seeks Participants

School Committee President Annemarie Cesa has asked us to post the following notice regarding the district's Strategic Planning Committee, which will begin its work this Fall.
Superintendent Marie Galinski and the Beverly School Committee are in the beginning stages of developing a Strategic Plan for the school district.  It is important to determine where the district will be moving in the next few years and how we are going to get there, while understanding the fiscal realities ahead.  It is our goal that the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) includes a wide and diverse representation of the Beverly community, including: parents, school staff and administrators from all levels, alumni, high school students, major benefactors, and business and general community representatives.

There are many ways to be a part of this process.  We are looking for people to serve on the large Strategic Planning Committee, one of 4 working sub-committees, or attend Focus groups that will take place throughout the city early this fall.  The large SPC committee will meet bi-weekly over a 6 to 9 month period beginning in September.

In addition to the large SPC group, there will be active sub-committees who will be tasked with gathering and reviewing data and information that will be used to help set and prioritize goals and objectives, as well as strategies for achieving them.  Subcommittees, who will also meet bi-weekly beginning in September, will be formed around the areas of investigating:
  • Class size
  • Facilities usage
  • Consolidation/outsourcing
  • Technology. 
Please join us in this important endeavor by contacting Donna Bergeron at (subject Strategic Planning Committee) before August 10, 2010.  Tell us a little about yourself and on which committee you would like to be placed.  Please include your:
  • Demographic background and contact information
  • Role in the community (parent, employee, alumni, business member, etc.)
  • Statement of prior school district committee experience
  • Statement of any expertise you have that would be brought to the SPC
  • Availability and commitment for meetings
We will follow the progress of the committee as it develops its plan for the future of the district.