As Beverly students return to the classroom, the Salem News has a front page story on the upcoming school year in Beverly.
A few new budget details that are of interest:
Of the 31 positions that were cut in last spring's budget cuts, almost six were able to be added back because of an end of year surplus in last year's budget. Restored positions include two middle school teachers, a high school teacher, an elementary school aide and a clerk.
The story also confirms the numbers in our previous post regarding new Federal funding programs. Superintendent Marie Galinski says most of the money will likely be saved to help with next year's budget. Anticipating another tough budget season next year, many districts seem to be taking this approach with the federal money.
The story also reports that the new high school is on track to open at the end of November. The school will also begin an accreditation renewal process this fall.
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.