THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – Friday, June 14, 2019 Page 7 Was vote to privatize flawed? Copies of School Committee members’ emails raise questions about the process of considering private companies for custodial services By Mark E. Vogler or several weeks, Saugus School Committee ViceChair Elizabeth Marchese and Committee Member Lisa Morgante have made repeated requests seeking an Executive Session to clarify an apparent vote taken in private last month on a plan to privatize custodial services in the schools. But the two members say their requests have been ignored by School Committee Chair Jeannie Meredith, as it appears that the School Department has decided to replace 21 school custodians with a private company, based on an Executive Session vote that was never made public. “I request an executive sesF sion to inform the entire committee of the content of said meeting,” Marchese wrote in a June 11 email to her colleagues. “As you are all aware … our May 8th executive session meeting minutes have not been drafted nor disbursed for review. We are now more than a month post meeting,” Marchese continued. “Before any action is taken by what may be perceived as permission in that meeting I strongly urge this board convene in executive session. In addition since our committee secretary was not present to take down notes … it is extremely crucial that these minutes be drafted in complete detail as well as complete accuracy with all members having access to review.” That email is among several that Marchese made available to The Saugus Advocate this week – after the paper made a formal request for copies of emails and texts made between School Committee members from the period of May 19, 2019, through June 11. The emails show Marchese and Morgante were confused about the specific wording of the vote and that they wanted it known that they didn’t consider it approval on their part to proceed with privatization of custodial services. Here are some of the emails obtained by The Saugus Advocate: On May 20, Morgante wrote: “I would ask for an executive session to discuss a few things I’d like cleared up about the custodians & what we was presented to us at the last executive meeting please. 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