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, October 25, 2011

Focus on Ward 4 School Committee Race

In an election season that features Beverly's most competitive Mayor's race in recent memory, and a large slate of candidates for City Council, the one contested School Committee race, in Ward 4, has received scant attention in the press.

The race to fill the seat of retiring member Karen Fogarty features two newcomers, Matt Kavanagh and Michael Gendre.

Kavanagh is a Beverly attorney with three daughters in the Beverly schools, who previously served on the Beverly High School site council.

Gendre is a philosophy teacher at Middlesex Community College, and a member of Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, the group that was founded in 2008 to oppose the override. He has no children in the schools.

The two candidates recently sat down with BevCam's Conversation with the Candidates series. Both interviews are posted below, and provide a good introduction to the two candidates, and their views on the issues facing the schools over the next two years.  Take some time to watch.

Both candidates, as well as the City Council and Mayoral candidates will also appear this Wednesday night at the Candidate Night at the Cove Community Center. Click here for more information or to submit a question.

10/27 UPDATE: This week's Beverly Citizen has Q&A's with both Matt Kavanagh and Michael Gendre, and today's Salem News also profiles the race.

Matt Kavanagh

Michael Gendre