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February 21, 2013

Beverly welcomes choice students

Despite overcrowding, schools still have room in some grade levels


Grossman oversees the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which approves state aid for school building projects. Beverly applied for funding last year but was asked to reapply this year. Officials plan to add “severe overcrowding” as one of the justifications for a new school.

Officials are seeking a middle school for grades five through eight, which they say is better academically and will also free up space in the elementary schools, which now house fifth-graders.

Scanlon said in his State of the City speech this week that he expects the city and state to conduct a feasibility study this year. He said the study will determine whether to upgrade and enlarge the Memorial Building or build an entirely new school on the site.

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


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