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Wyoming Area ponders requests for use of facilities

Several groups are seeking waivers for fees called for in district policy.

April 16. 2013 11:37PM

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Regular board meeting 7 p.m. April 23.

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EXETER — Wyoming Area School Board members continued Tuesday to agonize over what to do about the use of the district’s sports facilities by private groups.

Several groups including the West Pittston Rams are requesting fee waivers.

Board member Frank Casarella said he believed the groups should contribute something to the upkeep of the fields and facilities they use.

Fees, as per district policy, stand at $300 for use of the gym, $500 for the use of the auditorium and $1,000 for use of the stadium.

Board Vice President Deanna Farrell said no freebies should be given out while the teachers remained without a contract. But board member Carl Yorina said the board found itself in a dilemma.

“You have these wonderful facilities,” he said. “You want kids to use them.”

“We should reconvene our policy committee and come up with something fair and equitable,” Superintendent Ray Bernardi said.

In another matter, the next negotiations on ending the three-year stalemate on a contact for district teachers will take place today.

After the meeting, teacher union President Melissa Dolman was less than hopeful about the talks’ chances. “With the upcoming election, things are a little slower,” she said.

But Bernardi was more upbeat about finally reaching an agreement. “We’re always optimistic,” he said.

In other matters:

· The board discussed a plan to create a tax-exempt foundation similar to those which have been created by other districts.

· Business Manager Tom Melone said the state has lowered the amount of exceptions the district can claim in calculating the need for a tax increase. This will reduce the amount of possible tax increases the board can approve.

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