Trinity Area School Board approve settlement

February 20, 2014

Trinity Area School Board Thursday unanimously approved a settlement agreement with an unidentified person.

The board declined to identify the person, whose initials were “E.D.”, or to disclose any details of the settlement.

Also Monday, the board unanimously approved hiring attorney Alan T. Schuckrow and the law firm of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky as special counsel for the school district for personnel purposes. The board did not disclose any specifics on the attorneys’ responsibilities.

In another matter, former school board director Sandra Clutter spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting about a range of personnel matters that drew the ire of the school board and audience members.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a revised 2013-14 school calendar. Any additional make-up days because of school cancellations will be added at the end of the school year. Students’ last day is June 10;

• Hired Frank Cecchine as a maintenance employee at a salary of $19.95 an hour;

• Announced that the school district will no longer fund or require Advanced Placement students to take AP tests. Students who earn a 4 or 5 on the AP test can be reimbursed;

• Announced that arena scheduling will not be used to develop student schedules for the 2014-2015 school year, and that two academic tracks will remain in place for the 2014-2015 school year in English, science and social studies;

• Approved a stipulation agreement with the North Franklin Township Recreation and Business Improvement Authority exonerating the authority from any past, present and future real estate taxes on four parcels of property, as long as it remains immune from taxation and owned by a municipal authority.

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