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DiSalvo Announces School Building Committee Appointments

Two new members join the committee.

Town Moderator Mark DiSalvo has announced his picks for the School Building Committee.

Maureen Walsh Sakakeeny and Thomas Zahoruiko will join the seven-member committee -- replacing current Chair James Lafond, who is stepping down, and Harold "Dutch" Dushame, who passed away in June.

“This important job in town government requires high skill and commitment, and I thank Jim for his contribution to our town, just as we all wish Dutch were still serving," DiSalvo said. "He looks down now and will bless the committee and our Town from afar."

Sakakeeny is a professional civil engineer and co-owner and Principal of SAK Environmental LLC of North Andover and has lectured at Tufts, UMass Lowell and Merrimack College.

Zahoruiko is a real estate developer and homebuilder and has constructed more than 150 homes in four towns. He constructed and donated three ball fields to the town at Carter Fields.

“I am pleased that professionals of such significant industry caliber have accepted my invitation to serve North Andover,” DiSalvo said.

The School Building Committee, consisting of four people appointed by the town moderator and three appointed by the School Committee, handles the design, bidding and construction of school building projects.

DiSalvo himself once served as chair of the committee and was instrumental in the design of and

“These members will be responsible for millions of dollars of taxpayer funds and have the fiduciary responsibility to comply with state law and School Building Assistance Bureau regulation so that reimbursement funds are returned to North Andover," DiSalvo said. “I know these individuals have the credentials, professional skills, collective knowledge and good judgment to fulfill their mandate as part of the School Building Committee."

Cool Fusion September 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
DuSavo was also the prime instrumental force in the building of the over promised and under delivered 1976 high school with no walls, an inefficient heating plant, and so badly constructed such that it had to be torn down and replace in 22 years later. And not to mention that the property of the Sargent school was purchased from his relatives. We can be assured this picks are the very best possible.
Bill Kelly September 12, 2012 at 04:36 PM
These 2 individuals who have been appointed by the Moderator one who I know personally are excellent selections and will serve the town very well in the important task of building school facilties. It is easy to sit at home and be a whiner and complainer- thankfully we have many fine citizens willing to give of their time and expertise for the public good.
MikeA September 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I agree with Bill Kelly that Mr. DiSalvo's two choices look to be very qualified. I also agree with Cool Fusion that the old high school didn't turn out very well. His beef appears to be with who is doing the picking and not the actual picks.
Mark DiSalvo September 12, 2012 at 08:37 PM
To set the record straight, I was 14 or 15 years old and a student at the "old" HS (now the Middle School) when the design of the “new” open concept HS was determined and constructed. The Calzetta family is not related to me. In fact, it was a committee of Charlie Salisbury, then a Selectman, and I as Chair of the School Committee that secured the generous donation by the Calzetta family of a large part of the Farm land for the Sargent School.
Bill Kelly September 13, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I would let Mr. TV tube himself articulate for himself what he is or isn't saying.

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