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, May 24, 2011

Strategic Plan Finalized

The new 5-year strategic plan for the district, which has been in the works for the past 9 months, was approved by the School Committee at last week's meeting, and is now posted on the district website.

The detailed plan is the work of dozens of parents, community members, staff, and administrators. It builds a framework of strategies, actions steps, and measurable objectives to achieve three strategic goals of the district:
  • Provide engaging and equitable opportunities to enhance & sustain learning.
  • Prepare students for higher education and the 21st Century Workforce.
  • Increase sustainable and productive community partnerships to maximize educational opportunities.
These goals, in turn, are intended to support the district's mission:
To maximize academic achievement and personal growth for every student.
and its top level vision:
To produce the Nation’s best!
The document itemizes detailed strategies, assigns responsibilities for their implementation, and identifies a method of measuring the success of programs at all educational levels in support of these goals.

It states the following, as its "theory of action:"
If we focus on strengthening the relationship between teachers, content, and students, design and implement high quality instruction that engages and interests students, and build strong community partnerships, we will raise student achievement and prepare students adequately for higher education and the 21st Century workforce.
While the plan doesn't answer some of the specific visible concerns of parents such as "is there a restructing plan for the elementary schools coming?" "will class sizes continue to creep upward?" and "what about Briscoe?," it does lay out a detailed and forward-thinking roadmap for the educational mission of the district, and will be used to make decisions on those issues in the future.

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