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July 11, 2013

City solicitor: Peabody schools have right to ban voting

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The state, he explained, gives the superintendent charge of school buildings “unless the town otherwise directs.” Peabody’s charter directs that the School Committee “shall have the control of all school buildings and of the grounds,” he pointed out.

Only one member of the School Committee, Beverley Griffin Dunne, voted against the original proposal to consider the removal of the voting booths.

It was Mayor Ted Bettencourt, who is chairman of the School Committee, who suggested the joint meeting with the registrars and the council. When that happens is yet to be worked out, and a swift resolution is unlikely because of a lighter summer schedule. Also, Spanos is temporarily unavailable following knee surgery.

Bettencourt characterized the proposed meeting as an opportunity “to bring all the decision-makers together.”

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