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O'Connell chosen as business manager

Brian O’Connell. (click for larger version)
November 03, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — A divided School Committee Tuesday night voted to offer the permanent business manager's job to a man who had a lot of experience on both sides of the fence — Brian O'Connell.

O'Connell, current business manager in Westerly, R.I., has been on the Worcester School Committee since 1984. He is also a practicing attorney, a combination that four members saw as the deciding factor for them.

"He carries all the experience in certain areas that this town is sorely in need of," said Vice Chairman Scott Lazo, who described O'Connell as "a heavyweight." "… I was impressed with a lot of his planning and development [work] … and saw him as the most cautious one [financially]."

Member Tanja Dominko agreed, saying, "In terms of credentials, [he] stands alone. … To me, it doesn't get any more complete."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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