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.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

District displays its "high expectations"

While challenges remain, this week's State of the Schools presentation went into great detail in presenting the many new initiatives throughout the district that leaders say are aimed at transforming a good school system into "great" one, and to showcase what high school principal Sean Gallagher called the district's "high expectations."

The Salem News had a good wrapup of the night's presentations in Thursday's edition, and if you missed it, you should take some time to watch the entire event, which can be seen on BevCam's video archive here (note: there is a lot of dead air at the beginning, so skip up to about 8:40 to start). You can also view the evening's Powerpoint presentation here.

Presentations included:

  • Superintendent Marie Galinski explaining the district's Strategic Plan.
  • High School Principal Sean Gallagher detailing the many new initiatives that were funded in large part by the Small Learning Communities Grant that the school won last year.
  • Assistant Superintendent Maryellen Duffy outlining district initiatives funded by federal Race to the Top funding, most aimed at improving student achievement.
  • Briscoe Principal Matt Poska on the specifics of the Statement of Interest for a new middle school.
  • Technology Director Judy Miller showcasing the many ways in which technology is weaved throughout the district's curriculum, and plans for the future.
  • Citywide PTO President Julie DeSilva in the PTOs' contribution to csupplement students' leaning and enrichment experiences.

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