The Beverly School Committee has approved a last-minute plan by Mayor William Scanlon to keep open one of two elementary schools recommended for closure by School Superintendent James Hayes as a deficit-reduction measure.
Scanlon’s plan, adopted on a 5-2 vote Tuesday, would close the McKeown Elementary School but leave open the Cove Elementary School.
“I’m not happy in any sense here. I really wish I could save both schools, but I can’t do that,” Scanlon said, adding of his plan, “I think it’s a better decision than closing both schools.”
But the district could avoid either school closure if voters approve a proposed $2.5 million override at a June 3 special election.
Buoyed by a parent-led campaign, the largest voter turnout in eight years Tuesday approved a $1,491,000 Proposition 2 1/2 override for the Ipswich schools’ operating budget.
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“If you’re going to ask for an override, it’s good if there’s a high voter turnout,” said former selectman Jim Engel. “That way, whether it’s positive or negative, it is the community that has spoken, not just a special interest group.”
The red tide has hit Massachusetts. What a bummer! It’s basically a kind of algae that makes shellfish poisonous. Clam and mussels are affected, but according to The Globe’s write-up crab, lobster, and shrimp are still safe. They also mention fish, incase you didn’t realize that shellfish means only fish with shells. I hope you did.
Looks like I dodged a bullet – I had clam chowder yesterday.
Four Stories is a monthly literary series bridging Greater Boston’s nightlife and arts community (and now Osaka’s and Tokyo’s, too!). Each event is held in a club, bar, or lounge, and features appearances from some of the most acclaimed authors in the nation, all reading their work under a unified theme.
Next event is at The Enormous Room, May 19th.