New Castle News


June 15, 2013

District accepts assessment compromise

NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock Township school board has accepted the negotiated tax assessment appeal compromise with BFH Development Co.

The compromise settles the property value at $2.9 million for the company that leases property to Giant Eagle on Wilmington Road. It was approved earlier this month by the township supervisors. The Lawrence County commissioners must also accept the settlement.

Following an addition and upgrade, the property was assessed at $3.13 million. BFH appealed, claiming the assessment, for tax purposes, should be $1.8 million.

The board also:

•Approved the 2013 Homestead and Farmstead Exclusion Resolution of $196,037. This includes 2,885 homesteads and one excluded farmstead.

•Contracted with Penn-Ohio Sealing Co. to sealcoat the parking and driveway areas at the school for $7,488.34. This is the lowest responsible bid of five received.

•Extended the contract with board solicitor Michael Bonner at $100 per hour.

•Approved new dental insurance rates with United Concordia for the coming school year. Rates will increase by 78 cents for an individual and by $2.54 for all others.

•Hired Debbie Zuzow and Brenda Ritt as summer bus cleaners and Ralph DoVidio and Gianni Oliva as summer help at $7.50 per hour.

•Accepted the bid of Reed Oil Co. for diesel fuel and gasoline. This was the only bid received.

•Extended the contract with Tri-County Industries for refuse collection during the 2013-14 school year.

•Granted a sabbatical leave to school nurse Lisa McCaskey for the 2013-14 school year.

•Approved Brenda DeVincentis as National Honor Society adviser.

•Approved the retirement of guidance counselor Jennifer Malone, who has been with the district for 32 years.

•Added to the substitute list bus driver Ronald Strock, paraprofessional Catherine Frank and elementary teachers Jennifer Avau and Tammy Saad.

•Approved resignations of Jeanne Purses as Ski Club adviser and Anita Slater as junior high student council co-adviser.

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