Prop 2 1/2 News

At least one Beverly school saved:

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.

Ipswich OK’s Override:

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.”

Previously: Andover, Holbrook/Chelmsford/Harvard/Holland/Sudbury, Canton/Brookline/Newton/Swampscott/Randolph

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  1. Prop 2 1/2 Override Shot Down In Beverly: Where To Now? | Redfin Boston Sweet Digs (pingback) on June 12th, 2008 @ 8:23 pm

    […] Bos Evans says that Beverly Mayor William Scanlon has found a way to save the Cove school for another year, but that McKeown Elementary is done for.  Those that claim that keeping property taxes at their current rate helps economic stimulus don’t seem to count the lost jobs that will follow. […]

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