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, November 15, 2010

New BHS Set for Public Unveiling

An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the new Beverly High School this Friday at 9:00 am for city leaders and invited guests.

This week's Beverly Citizen has details of the ceremony.
The ceremony will begin with a greeting by Mayor Scanlon, which will be followed by remarks by Superintendent Galinski, High School Principal Sean Gallagher, School Committee President Annemarie Cesa and City Council President, Michael Cahill.

The Beverly High School strings ensemble and Chorus will perform and students representing all four classes at the high school will take guests on a tour of the building.
The public is also invited to tour the new school on Saturday from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm.  Current high school students will serve as tour guides.

Students will move into the new academic space on Tuesday, November 30th.

The opening of the school, after more than a decade of planning, has energized a school community that has endured several tough budget seasons and school consolidations in recent years.  While most expect another tough budget season next spring, the successful completion of what will be the showpiece of the district is clearly something to celebrate.

Photo (cc) by Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Beverly Citizen and republished here under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.