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May 15, 2013

Beverly school budget hearing is quiet, quick

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The high school will also add a part-time nurse to help administer medication. “We’re experiencing many students with medical issues,” Galinski said.

The district’s preschool classes, which have been held in the various elementary schools, will all be moved to the Memorial Building next fall, freeing up space to allow each school to host full-day kindergarten classes.

Galinski said administrators are keeping an eye on potentially large class sizes for fourth-grade classes at Ayers and Centerville and fifth grade at Hannah. She said adjustments will be made, including the use of college fellows as teacher aides, if the classes move too close to the maximum of 30.

Three members of the public, all parents of Hannah School students, expressed concerns about security in the schools.

“Many parents would like to see added security in the district,” said Tara Brophy of Boyden Avenue. “In the elementary schools in particular, we seem incredibly vulnerable.”

Pickett Street resident Julie Low said school secretaries are left with the responsibility of buzzing in visitors. Although there are cameras, Low said it’s difficult to see what a visitor is carrying.

Essex Street resident Bob Pieroni said school officials should consider requiring visitors to use password-protected swipe cards to enter school buildings.

Ward 4 City Councilor Scott Houseman said the School Committee has approved money for new security keypads in all the schools. He encouraged the committee to make parents aware of the plan.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

Highlights of proposed budget

Total budget — $48 million

Increase over this year — 2.58 percent

Hire four elementary teachers

Hire physics teacher and physical education teacher at high school

3 percent raises for principals and central office administrators

1.5 percent raises for union contracts

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