Help save yourself -- join CLT today!

CLT introduction  and membership  application

What CLT saves you from the auto excise tax alone
Join CLT online through PayPal immediately

After this "stewardship" spent millions in excess school override funds

Do Marblehead Taxpayers Need or Want Another Override?

Massachusetts School Building Authority scolds Marblehead
Denies $4.3M reimbursement for improper change orders on Village Street School override

For more details see:

The Salem News
Friday, June 3, 2011
In Marblehead, if money's there, School Department will spend it
By Barbara Anderson

See also a reaction:
Marblehead Magazine
Bill Purdin, Publisher
June 5, 2011
Barbara Anderson column raises questions about Village School construction process


"Please note that the District executed change orders far in excess of its available construction contingency, and the MSBA can only assume that the District consulted with its counsel prior to pursuing these change orders and had the authority and the appropriations to support these changes. The total change orders represents a significant increase, 49.18%, to the base contract construction costs. Such substantial changes to a project's scope and budget are concerning and may warrant a new bid for the revised project or a separate procurement for the new scope of the work in order to ensure that competitive pricing is obtained."

     MSBA letter dated March 7, 2011
 

"As you know, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (the "MSBA") is very concerned about the high number of change orders for the Village School project, which resulted in a 49.18% increase to the base contract construction cost from $11 million to $16.4 million. . . .

"It is troubling that the Town of Marblehead seems surprised at the MSBA's refusal to participate in any of the District's scope and budget changes that exceeded the approved contingency amount. . . .

"It is disingenuous to suggest that Marblehead would not have approved all $5.4 million in change orders if the MSBA had reviewed all of the Town of Marblehead's change orders as they were received. . . .

"The MSBA will not tolerate any additional variances from the terms of its PFA for this District or any other district for which either consultant is engaged."

     MSBA letter dated May 23, 2011

Letter from Municipal Building Consultants, Inc.
April 1, 2011

To:
Brian Salzer, Acting Superintendent of Schools

Cc:
Amy Drinker, Chair, Village Building Oversight Committee
Erim Chun, Chair, Marblehead School Committee
Chuck Adam, Municipal Building Consultants, Inc.

Attached:
Letter from Massachusetts School Building Authority
March 7, 2011

To:
Municipal Building Consultants, Inc.

Cc:
Senator Thomas M. McGee
Representative Lori Ehrlich
EuRim Chun, Chair, School Committee
James E. Nye, Chair, Board of Selectmen


CLICK FOR PDF DOCUMENT

Letter from Massachusetts School Building Authority
April 25, 2011

To:
Brian Salzer, Acting Superintendent of Schools

Cc:
Senator Thomas M. McGee
Representative Lori Ehrlich
James E. Nye, Chair, Board of Selectmen
EuRim Chun, Chair, School Committee
Patrick Saitta, Municipal Building Consultants
Joel Seeley, SMM Associates
Joanna Aalto, MSBA

Attached:
MSBA Change Order Analysis
Marblehead Village Elementary School
Change Order Log (Rev. 1,04-17-11)


CLICK FOR PDF DOCUMENT

Letter from Massassachusetts School Building Authority
May 23, 2011

To:
Patrick J. Saitta, Municipal Building Consultants
Joel Seeley, Symmes Maini & McKee

Cc:
Brian Salzer, Acting Superintendent
Senator Thomas M. McGee
Representative Lori Ehrlich
EuRim Chun, Chair, School Committee
James E. Nye, Chair Board of Selectmen


CLICK FOR PDF DOCUMENT

Analysis Summary of Village School Change Orders
by Marblehead Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility


CLICK FOR PDF DOCUMENT

Detailed Analysis of Village School Change Orders
by Marblehead Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility


CLICK FOR PDF DOCUMENT


WEBSITE

Citizens for Limited Taxation    PO Box 1147    Marblehead, MA 01945    508-915-3665

 

 

Hit Counter