The School Committee will take a final vote on the FY12 budget tomorrow evening at 7:30 in the meeting room at Memorial. They will also create a final restoration list of priorities to be reinstated if additional money is freed up before the start of the school year.
The most recent budget can be read here; the overview that Dr. Galinski presented at the public hearing is here; and you can view the full public hearing, including presentations by Galinski and School Committee President Annemarie Cesa here.
Most of the elements that have figured into the budget up to this point are detailed in previous posts and links to news reports on this page. We are not aware of any specific changes that have been made to the proposed cuts since the public hearing on May 11.
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.