Briscoe Middle School has served our community well but is reaching the end of its useful life as an educational facility. We are spending much time and money keeping it operational and safe for student use as we plan for an updated 21st-century facility to educate our preteens and young adolescents. Given our Yankee ingenuity, we do the best with what we have to get through our daily objectives. However, the issues outlined in our statement of interest show the persistent, systemic challenges of the Briscoe building that limit our ability to implement a modern learning experience and achieve academic excellence. A 21st-century facility, devoid of inefficiencies and distractions, will enable us to achieve our mission to provide engaging and equitable opportunities to enhance and sustain learning for all our students. The School Committee and administration look to the citizens of the city of Beverly to continue their strong support of the schools and this initiative as we move forward.
Maria T. Decker is president of the Beverly School Committee.