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.

Friday, April 29, 2011

High School Probation Officially Lifted

This week's Beverly Citizen reports that the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) has officially voted to remove Beverly High School's probationary status, which has been in place since 2003.

The status was primarily the result of the condition of the old school building, and with the opening of the new facility, officials had expected that the status would be changed. But some uncertainty has existed because of the effects of continued budget cuts, which have resulted in what the Commission sees as an over reliance on study halls to fill students' schedules. School officials have been working on ways to reduce the number of study halls.

The Commission's full report was released in March, but the ranking status wasn't announced at the time.

From the Citizen:
Beverly Public Schools officials were notified recently that the Commission on Public Secondary Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges has voted to remove Beverly High School from its probationary status and recommended that Beverly High School receive full accreditation status in the Association. The Commission’s decision was based on review of an evaluation report prepared by a committee that visited the school in October 2010.

“We feel that the Commission’s decision confirms the results of the extensive self-study, which our faculty and administration conducted for the past two years,” said Beverly High School Principal Sean Gallagher. “The Beverly High School community was commended in many areas of the standards report, and we will continue to build upon these commendations. On behalf of our administration, we would like to thank and recognize our faculty, support staff, parents, students and community members for their assistance with the extensive self-study and the evaluation visit.”
The accreditation status will be good for 10 years, but the school must submit regular progress reports to show that it is meeting the commission recommendations for continued improvement.


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