The school building authority does try to be flexible, said its executive director, Jack McCarthy.
McCarthy said he had agreed to consider Newton’s initial request for one permanent override for all the city’s projects, including Angier and Cabot, which could receive state money. But when the legal staff reviewed the request, they determined that it wouldn’t work, McCarthy said.
McCarthy said he understands that communities that are going through the new school building construction process might bristle at the requirements, but most are satisfied at the end that their communities have gotten cost-effective facilities.
“We are much more structured, and there are much more hurdles you have along the way,” McCarthy said. “People are still getting used to it.”