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.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.
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.
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.