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December 7, 2013

Scanlon moves rankle Cahill

Outgoing Beverly mayor makes appointments to School Building Committee


The city is required to form a School Building Committee as part of the process of seeking funding from the MSBA for a new middle school. The city is planning to build a new school at the site of the former Memorial Middle School on Cabot Street.

Scanlon’s appointments to the committee include Roy Gelineau, the current city solicitor whom Cahill plans to replace when he takes office, and Maria Decker, the current School Committee president who lost her re-election bid last month.

Scanlon has also appointed Decker to the Planning Board, but that nomination, along with several others that Scanlon made this week to city boards, has been held up by the City Council. Cahill said earlier this week that Scanlon should stop making appointments in his final weeks in office.

Scanlon won a contentious race against Cahill two years ago, then supported Wes Slate in the election won by Cahill last month. Scanlon chose not to run for re-election after 18 years in office.

“This again is a committee that I will be working with and the next School Committee and the next City Council will be working with for a number of years,” Cahill said. “I should’ve been involved in the creation of this committee. It didn’t happen that way. As I need to make changes, I will.”

Scanlon said the School Building Committee that has been formed has a range of experiences, including an architect, a construction manager, a civil engineer, a retired teacher, and others with experience in construction and education.

“I think we’ve got a helluva committee,” Scanlon said. “This committee is going to hopefully make sure we design the right school, build the right school and have the right school. They’re going to look at every possible aspect of it.”

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