As many had expected, Marie Decker was elected this week by the School Committee to be its president for the next two years. She has served as vice president for the past several years. Paul Manzo was elected vice president, and newcomer Matt Kavanagh chosen as secretary.
The roles were confirmed at Tuesday's inauguration, which saw Mayor Scanlon sworn in for a record ninth time; Paul Guanci return to the role of City Council President; and four newcomers: Jason Silva, Scott Dullea, Brett Schetzsle, and Scott Houseman join the council.
Both local newspapers have coverage (here and here) of the inaugural, which was something of a lovefest for Scanlon, and a rundown of the new faces and roles in city government. The Salem News editorial page, which has also seemed to become a champion of Scanlon and all things Beverly, weighs in with an editorial titled "More of the same a good thing."
And BevCam, which has begun streaming city government meetings, covered the event live, and has it archived here.
We wish Maria and all the new and returning leaders well over the next two years as they seek to continue to build on the generally positive strides the schools and the city have made over the past several years, while managing the always challenging fiscal environment.
We will update the elected officials contact list as soon as we have the new information.
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.