January 4 2019,  Revere

Hill School sub-contractor sues general contractor

By Tara Vocino

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dianne Kelly (center) School Committee member Gerry Visconti, at left; School Committee Secretary Michael Ferrante; School Committee Member Susan Gravellese, second from right, and School Committee Secretary Robin Panzini discuss the Staff Sgt. James J. Hill School Sub-Contractor lawsuit against the General Contractor during a recent School Committee meeting in the Superintendent’s Office at Revere High School. (Advocate Photo by Tara Vocino)

A Staff Sgt. James J. Hill School Sub-Contractor is suing a general contractor for breach of contract based on non-payment, city officials announced during a recent School Committee meeting in the Superintendent’s Office at Revere High School.

According to Robert Marra Jr., Chief of Staff to Mayor Brian Arrigo, the city is a third-party defendant in the lawsuit, brought by Worcester-based Ostrow Electric Company against Woburn-based CTA Construction Company Inc. However, the lawsuit has no effect on the operation of Revere Public Schools, Marra said Thursday afternoon.

“Ostrow is suing CTA and would have to prove that CTA owes it money,” Marra said. “Ostrow has not sued the city.”

Marra said that the Hill School is able to function properly, though there have been some issues involving HVAC and electrical. These problems have been or are currently being addressed, however, according to Marra.

Ostrow alleges that it is owed $305,660.23 from CTA, Marra stated.

The School Committee’s involvement approves all expenditures for the construction of new schools. The Hill School was built in 2015, and according to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dianne Kelly, while there “have been problems with the building… there’s no hold, and kids are in it.”

Marra said their legal team is monitoring the issue, which came about in 2018, and is aware of the circumstances. City Solicitor Paul Capizzi forwarded all requests for comment to the Mayor’s Office on Thursday morning.

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