Carver: Transparency is key in the new elementary school process

Transparency is an important part of the Carver School Building Committee’s mission in attempting a successful Elementary School project this time around.

The Committee discussed ideas on what their official Mission Statement should be at their meeting Monday night.

All members were on the same page, and talked about elements such as a project that is cost effective, done in a timely manner, and meets the current and future needs of the students and staff.

Many also mentioned the importance of remaining fully transparent throughout the process.

“[We need to] do it in as open fashion to the public as we can,” Dick Ward, Committee member said, “I just feel the last three times that we lost, there was a question about that.”

The Committee will continue to put out fact sheets and televise all of their meetings. They also plan to hold several  public forums, the first of which will include answers to a list of common questions.

“It is important for the public to have confidence that what they’re reviewing is factually correct,” Town Administrator Michael Milanoski said, “In order for this Committee to get the public support, it must be very clear in all of its questions and answers that they factually can be backed up.”

The Committee will work on arranging the questions and answers in an organized and factual way.

Transparency among Committee members is also key throughout the process.

After a lengthy discussion on selecting an Owner’s Project Manager (OPM), the Committee voted in support of negotiating business terms for Daedalus to be the OPM for the project.

Milanoski said this firm was recently selected for the new Fire Station project out of 12 original applicants.

“I felt that we would come to the same conclusion in three to four months,” Milanoski said, “Since time is of the essence and we have already conducted a transparent process, let’s move forward with an entity we know.”

However, Dan Ryan, a Committee member, and several other members expressed concern that they did not go through the process themselves.

“I wanted to understand the criteria that they actually used to make their decision,” Ryan said, “I wanted to make sure that the questions and the criteria that they used… also apply [to a school project].”

A brief presentation of the process will take place at one of the Committee’s August meetings, satisfying those members who had a concern.

Negotiations with the firm cannot begin until after the town is accepted into the MSBA’s Capital Pipeline on July 30.

About Samantha Tracey

Samantha Tracey graduated from Salem State University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism. She has been reporting on local issues in a variety of towns: Bridgewater, Abington, Carver, Weymouth, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Halifax, etc. She says growing up on the South Shore has made it interesting now to be covering news in such familiar places.