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.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Fogarty Says She Won't Run for Re-election

Ward 4 School Committee representative Karen Fogarty announced today that she will not seek a third term for the post. In her letter to constituents, Fogarty stated:
Serving on the School Committee in Beverly has been one of the most rewarding, challenging and meaningful experiences of my life.  I am honored by the privilege to have served and humbled by the confidence which the community has placed in me.

I am proud to represent a constituency of citizens so engaged in issues surrounding public education and so committed to working with community leadership as it strives to make the decisions that will enable our School District to excel and our City to thrive.  I am confident that among them are many outstanding citizens prepared to and desirous of serving on our School Committee.
In the last election, Fogarty was challenged by Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility cofounder Gayle Burke, who she soundly defeated. There are no announced candidates yet for the seat this year.

Coming on the heels of the announced retirements of Pat Grimes and Judith Cronin on the City Council, and Council President Mike Cahill's decision to enter a four-way race for Mayor, it seems that 2011 will be a year of big changes in elective politics in Beverly.

We wish Karen well, and thank her for her service to the Beverly schools.  She always asked the tough questions, and was more than willing to listen and spend time discussing issues in detail with her constituents.

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