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December 7, 2013

Scanlon moves rankle Cahill

Outgoing Beverly mayor makes appointments to School Building Committee


Asked if he would play any role in the formation of the school after he leaves office, Scanlon said, “No, absolutely not.”

“There’s this lingering suspicion that I’m trying to do something on the QT,” Scanlon said. “This (forming the committee) is something I have to do or we fall off the train to get the school.”

As mayor, Scanlon is automatically on the School Building Committee, but Cahill will take his position when he assumes office. Interim Superintendent Albert Argenziano and city Finance Director John Dunn are also on the committee by virtue of their positions and will be replaced by their successors.

Argenziano will replaced by Steven Hiersche, who was chosen as the new school superintendent last month and is in the process of negotiating a contract with the School Committee. Dunn is one of three department heads that Cahill said he plans to replace.

Gelineau will be replaced as city solicitor, but he is listed on the School Building Committee as an attorney, not as the city solicitor.

The School Building Committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. in Room 164 at the Memorial Building, 502 Cabot St.

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

School Building Committee

  • Bill Scanlon, mayor
  • David Gelineau, city purchasing agent
  • Albert Argenziano, superintendent of schools
  • Matthew Kavanagh, School Committee
  • David Manzi, School Committee
  • Michael Collins, commissioner of public services
  • Raymond Bouchard, retired superintendent of South Essex Sewerage District facility
  • Matthew Poska, Briscoe Middle School principal
  • Maria Decker, School Committee president
  • John Dunn, city finance director
  • George Binns, retired mechanical engineer
  • Robert Griffin, civil engineer
  • William Guzowski, construction project manager
  • Joseph Remondi, HVAC systems design
  • Thaddeus Siemasko, architect
  • Todd Surrette, electrical systems design
  • Janet Chrisos, deputy director of Massachusetts State College Building Authority
  • James Coffey, Beverly High School athletic director
  • Betsy Desmond, retired Beverly art teacher
  • Roy Gelineau, attorney
  • Joanne Murphy Scott, interior design

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