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Purchase Line board updated on process of building sale
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
COMMODORE - Purchase Line School Board School Board heard an update on the process to sell the former North Elementary School at last night's meeting.
At the Nov. 13 board meeting, Ron Repak of Andrews & Beard Law Offices, Altoona, the school district's solicitor, was given permission to begin a process to quiet title the deed for the building and 15 acres of property to allow the district to acquire a "clear and marketable title"
Repak recommended the board take the additional steps to file a quiet title petition for the property because when the elementary school was built in the early 1970s, in order to receive state funding and secure bonds for financing the construction, monies had to be paid to a municipal authority and the deed for the building and property list the owner as the Purchase Line Municipal Authority.
Although the district had acquired the assets of the now defunct authority, Repak suggested a petition to quiet title the property be done to provide potential buyers with a clear title.
Repak told the board, Clearfield County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman signed the suit on Nov. 21 and an advertisement was published in The Progress and the state's Legal Journals on Nov. 30.
He said the law provides 20 days from the time of publication for anyone who believes they have a claim to the property to file a petition. He said last night, the district is 11 days into the process and has not heard from anyone who disputes the district's ownership of the building and property.
At the completion of the 20-day waiting period, Dec, 20, Repak said he would file a motion for default judgment and there is a 10-day waiting period associated with that. At the conclusion, about Jan. 2 because of the holidays, Repak said the district would have its title.
Carl Jones, the district's maintenance supervisor, said has received one of two appraisals the district solicited for the building and he would present the conclusions of those at the board's January meeting.
Because it does not have all the information, the board decided to wait until the January meeting to determine the method it will use to dispose of the structure. Repak has said at previous meetings, the board has three options, a private sale, sealed bids and a public auction. He suggested at the board's Nov. 13 meeting, members consider a private sale with a reserve amount placed on the property
In other business, the board:
• tabled continuing a cooperative purchasing program through Armstrong-Indiana Intermediate Unit No. 28 for the 2013-14 school year. A motion to approve participating in the program failed after Kevin Smith, board member, asked why the board had to make a decision now.
The board has been a member of the co-op for 15 years according to information presented at last night's meeting. Tina Hazelet, district superintendent, said participation has saved the district both time and money in finding the best deals for supplies the school needs including fuel, paper products, food and janitorial supplies.
Janice Pearce, district business manager, said there is a process to participate and it takes time and that is why the board must make a decision by Jan. 23 as to whether to participate in the 2013-14 school year.
The board will consider action at the January meeting.
• hired Barbara Mozina as the district's supervisor of special education beginning Jan. 17. Mozina of Flinton is currently a learning support instructor in the Tyrone Area School District. She will be paid an annual salary of $67,000 - pro-rated for the remainder of the current school year.
• heard a presentation on programs, services and its annual budget from Dr. Robert Coad, executive director; Cliff Geary, business manager; and Kathy Monko, director of school and community services for Arin Intermediate Unit No. 28
• hired William Kibler as a 5-hour custodian.
• approved the transfer of Connie Pershing from a 5.5-hour cafeteria cook to a 6-hour position.
• heard Tom McCracken, board member, report he had been approached by a district alumnus who, because of an experience with poor dental hygiene, wants to purchase an electric toothbrush for all students and have the elementary and high school nurses show them how to use it.
The board accepted the offer and asked McCracken to express thanks to the donor on its behalf.
At the November meeting, the board held an executive session for personnel matters. Hazelet said last night it was to inform the board the Purchase Line Education Association's contract would expire June 30. Negotiations for a new pact for approximately 96 instructors in the school district will begin in January.
The board has named three members, Pearce and Hazelet to serve on a negotiations committee, she said.
The board will meet for a work session on Jan. 7 and a business meeting Jan. 14. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the administrative offices' conference room.
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