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October 16, 2013

Letter: Zanni addressed school building delays

To the editor:

The renovation of Methuen High School is an important project for our city. Not only will our children be delivered a state of the art facility, our city will reap the benefits of a strengthened public school system. With less than a year to go before our new $100 million facility is completed and open to all students, much is owed to Mayor Steve Zanni for his leadership and efforts in making sure this project adheres to the proposed budget and schedule.

That we are getting a new high school is due to the hard work of countless residents and volunteers. However, when Mayor Zanni took office this project was at an impasse. Construction had stalled, there were concerns about staying on budget, and there were questions about whether or not we could complete the renovation at the timeline promised to residents.

Mayor Zanni immediately addressed these unacceptable delays. Working with the School Building Committee and the school administration, Mayor Zanni switched contractors and brought on a team that could deliver a high school on schedule and at the budget promised to taxpayers.

In today’s world, one man cannot do it alone — and the success of Methuen’s High School project will be because of the commitment of so many. Even still, it is absolutely necessary to have leadership when taking on a project as large as rebuilding our high school. It is because of Mayor Zanni’s leadership that such results have been achieved over these past two years.

We need to keep strong leadership at the helm of this project now more than ever. It is because of Mayor Zanni’s ability to produce results and get this project back on track that I intend to cast my vote for him on Nov. 5. I encourage my fellow voters to do the same.

Martha Monazynski Welch

Methuen

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