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February 11, 2013

Beverly cites ‘severe overcrowding’ as impetus for new middle school


“We are definitely going to need a new middle school, and we do believe we’re going to have a harder time maintaining class sizes going forward (without one),” he said.

The overcrowding priority ranks only behind an unsafe building as the top priority for funding school projects through the MSBA. Scanlon said very few schools meet the “unsafe” standard, so overcrowded districts get top consideration.

“I’m certain that it will help (in getting funding),” he said.

The overcrowding issue arises five years after the city closed the McKeown Elementary School to save money. Scanlon said issues of enrollment and overcrowding can change over the course of a few years.

“The whole thing is dynamic,” he said.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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