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.
There are two contested races for School Committee this year. The most closely watched citywide is in Ward 6 where Lorinda Visnick, a well known voice in the school community is challenging Maria Decker, the current committee president. Visnick and Decker will participate in the Centerville Improvement Society's Candidate's Night next Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 PM.
The other contested race is in Ward 5, where incumbent Annemarie Cesa is being challenged by Duane Anderson.
Below are BevCam's interviews with each of these candidates: