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.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Election Focus is on Mayoral and Ward Two School Committee Races

Election season is heating up in Beverly and while this year is relatively quiet for competitive races [see update below], the School Committee will see major changes with three new candidates running unopposed in Wards 1, 4 & 5.

With so much change guaranteed on the School Committee, the one competitive race— in Ward 2 where current committee president Paul Manzo is being challenged by resident Adam Hartmann who opposes both the middle school plan and the PARCC test—takes on added significance.

In the Mayoral Race, incumbent Mike Cahill is being challenged by current school committee member David Manzi, who promises to halt the new middle school project, which was recently approved unanimously by the City Council and the Mass School Building Authority, and is slated to begin preliminary construction in January.

As they do every year, BevCam has conducted interviews with the candidates.  We are embedding the interviews with both Ward 2 School Committee candidates, and both Mayoral candidates below.

We believe the incumbent is the clear choice in both of these races, and encourage all those interested in the continued progress of the Beverly School District to watch and share these videos, study the facts, make sure you vote, and encourage your friends, especially those in Ward 2 to vote.

School Committee Ward 2

Incumbent: Paul Manzo

Challenger: Adam Hartmann


Incumbent: Mike Cahill

Challenger: David Manzi

UPDATE: In addition to the above races, there is one other competitive race this year in Ward 3 of the City Council. Perennial candidate Rick Marciano is challenging incumbent councilor and former school committee member Jim Latter. Like the two races above, this race pits an incumbent candidate who is a supporter of the current middle school plan—which is the product of many years of planning by two Mayoral administrations and the Mass School Building Authority—against a challenger that opposes the plan and wants to start over. The interviews with these two candidates are below.

As far as the Councilor-At-Large race, this year there are only three candidates for three spots, although the top vote getter of the three (Paul Guanci, Jason Silva & Matt St. Hilaire) becomes council president. All three are strong supporters of the schools in general, and the middle school plan in particular.

Ward 3 City Council

Incumbent: Jim Latter

Challenger: Rick Marciano