School Committee Wants More Updates on School Reconstruction
They also want the mayor’s advisory committee for the project to be more active.
The city held the second of two meetings Tuesday night to tell residents about the reconstruction of the East Somerville Community School, which began this fall, but members of the School Committee have asked for more regular updates.
At the Jan. 3 meeting of the finance and facilities subcommittee, member Adam Sweeting asked that the project manager of the building company give a written report every month to that committee. Further, he would like an in-person summary every two months about construction progress.
The chairwoman of the finance and facilities committee, Mary Jo Rossetti, reiterated the committee's desire for those more frequent updates at the School Committee's regular meeting Monday night.
The School Committee would then pass on that information to residents. Patricia Durette, the district’s director of finance, said that families at the Dec. 19 meeting had indeed requested more.
But members said that the mayor's advisory committee for the reconstruction of the school should help with communication, too.
Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi said that the group, made up of parents, school officials, staff and public officials, was still operative but hasn’t met for some time.
“Where has that fallen apart?” committee member Teresa Cardoso asked the superintendent. "Aren't people on the committee complaining about not knowing what's going on?"
Sweeting and other School Committee members acknowledged that updates about the planned reconstruction of the school had been sporadic earlier last year while the city searched for a contractor and then faced the need to find $8.1 million in savings and financing to cover unexpectedly high construction bids.
But now the project is on track, Sweeting said.
“Part of being on track is being on track with communications,” he added.
The superintendent also mentioned that he would like for cameras to be set up so that people could watch the rebuilding of the school on TV.