The following excerpt is from the Superindentent’s Report to the School Committee, which was printed in the School Committee Report for 1940 and reprinted in Beverly City Documents for 1940.
Although there have been no major changes in the educational program this past year, improvements and refinements have been introduced in accordance with our plan to offer better services in the Beverly Schools. An increasing number of boys who for one reason or another cannot qualify for the Trade School, or who do not plan to continue in school after graduation from High School, and for whom commercial education holds no interest, can and will work in a unit shop if worthwhile projects are arranged for them.
More than the usual allotment of funds is required for purchasing the variety of equipment needed for such classes. Although this shop has been in existence for several years, it has not had the appeal it should have had until just recently when a new instructor was engaged and the course given new impetus. Mr. Daniel F. Shea has developed interest in a variety of different projects, and the School Department has made an extra effort to further this interest. Some boys will not read books or study for a sufficient length of time to obtain results. These same boys often are industrious and skillful if their practical talents are cultivated. Even though they may decide to accept positions as janitors under Civil Service following graduation, they should aim to become good janitors, truly useful and competent in the variety of tasks which they may be called upon to performers.
We need to train conscientious, competent workmen who command respect because of their ability, no matter what their tasks may be.