Last updated: July 16. 2014 11:55PM - 701 Views
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UNION TWP. — The state subsidy coffers of the Northwest Area School District will be increased by a little over $11,000, school board President Randy Tomasacci said Wednesday night.

Tomasacci said that based upon figures from the recently enacted state budget, Northwest will see an increase of $11,127 for the 2014-15 school term.

On June 30, Northwest enacted a budget that anticipated $11,385,423 in state funding. That same budget contained a 6 percent increase in real estate taxes, the bulk of which Tomasacci said will go to help finance the ever-increasing cost of pensions for the professional staff.

Tomasacci also said that the issue of pensions is scheduled to be a topic of conversation when Gov. Tom Corbett conducts a meeting today at Tom’s Country Kitchen in Sugarloaf Twp. Tomasacci said he was invited by Corbett to attend the meeting. He said school funding will also be a topic of discussion.

Besides the budget, the board had some bad news for contractors working on projects at the high school stadium field house and the primary school building. Their change order requests were unanimously rejected.

Following comments by director Darryl Morgan, chairman of the building and grounds committee, seven of nine board members who were attendance at the meeting voted against change orders submitted by Popple Construction and Sokol, Inc.

Popple sought $3,500 to “correct a deficiency” at the field house pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sokol requested payments of $585, $1,190 and $935 for “deficiencies” at the primary school.

“When the bids were advertised, the contractors came in and surveyed the work to be done,” Morgan said. “If they didn’t include that in their contract, then they’re going to have to absorb it.”

The board, however, did accept a proposal by Yost Excavation and Hauling to install a drain system around the foundation of the field house at a cost of $5,718. Morgan said the project is intended to correct an on-going problem.

In other business, the board accepted a quote of $103,812 by Tri-County General Insurance for liability insurance services and also awarded a bid of $1.75 per gallon for propane gas submitted by H&K Gas.

On personnel items, the board voted to post and advertise the following positions: high school Spanish teacher; athletic director; baseball, softball and track & field coaches.

The board will also post the positions of detention monitors, home-bound instructors and Clearbrook instructors for the 2014-15 term, as well as a gifted student coordinator, two part-time special needs aides, a full time 1-on-1 special needs aide and two part-time sign language interpreters.

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