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WB area school board keeps Meyers high school sale intact and limits tax hike

PLAINS TWP. – The Wilkes-Barre area school board was scheduled to vote to terminate a sales contract for Meyers High School at Wednesday’s monthly meeting, but the motion was filed after attorney Ray Wendolowski told the board that the buyer had called him earlier today and asked for more time.

Last spring, the board of directors arranged to sell the Carey Avenue site to developer Shlomo Lugashi for $ 2 million. The building was to be converted into an assisted living facility, while retaining the facade.

Wendolowski said the motion to cancel was put on the agenda because the project was at a standstill and Lugashi had not finished demanding “due diligence” within the time period specified by the contract. sale, although the district has been lenient in this regard in this sale. and the sale of the completed Coughlin High School.

While the motion to cancel was filed in order for the sales contract to remain in effect, the board decided to pass a follow-up motion to re-register the property with Lewith and Freeman Real Estate, although Wendolowski said that that would only be done if the current agreement fell. through.

While the Meyers sale seemed uncertain, the board of directors approved a deal to sell 37.34 acres of vacant property along South Empire Street in Wilkes-Barre, to Post Family Ltd. Partnership for $ 750,000.

The council also moved forward on plans for new high school sports facilities by approving two agreements. The first is with Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects of Allentown for a new sports complex, ticket offices and concession stand structures. Architects will receive between 5.75% and 6.75% of the total cost of the work depending on the final costs.

The other is with Geo-Science Engineering and Testing, LLC of Jessup, Pa. To perform construction testing services for the sports complex. The agreement includes a detailed fee schedule for consulting, project and subcontract expenses, and laboratory services.

And the board approved a motion now any property tax increase for fiscal year 2022-3 in a state maximum known as the Index Act 1. The district limit this year is 4. , 9%. The vote doesn’t mean there will be a tax increase, but gives the district until the end of May to pass a preliminary budget.

The council also has:

• Ratification of an agreement with Imagine Learning of Provo, Utah, for five Imagine Language and Literacy site licenses at a total cost of $ 150,000 for three years. Imagine Learning promotes itself as providing “a comprehensive suite of adaptive digital curriculum and assessment solutions for the PreK-8 that delivers unparalleled excellence in language development, accelerating learning in all subject areas for all students.”

• Voted to modify the agreement between the district and Maxim Healthcare services to include updated rates. Rates range from $ 30 per hour for a teaching aid to $ 115 for a board-certified behavior analyst.

• Approval of a payment in lieu of tax agreement with Spring Brook Memorial, LLC and King’s College. Spring Brook has two groups of leased properties at King’s College, which is a not-for-profit entity. The agreement covers payment in lieu of taxes to the school district, the town of Wilkes-Barre and the County of Luzerne. Instead of paying property taxes, an annual scholarship fund of $ 75,000 will be set up at King’s College for city, county and school district employees and their families, donating $ 25,000 to each tax agency; offer a 10% discount and priority access to Bright Horizons Daycare at King’s College; Waive applicable rental charges for all King’s facilities for all three tax agencies and give free access to King’s Robert L. Betzler Sports Complex subject to availability.

• Renewed flood insurance coverage on district properties along Carey Avenue and Old River Road at an annual cost per location of $ 9,967.

• Entered into an agreement with the Township of Plains Police Department for special details work at a rate of $ 40 per hour with a minimum of three hours per detail.

• Modification of the site work contract with Stell Enterprises, which carried out the site work for the new high school, to provide snow removal to the high school at hourly rates ranging from $ 100 to $ 175 depending on the vehicle required.

• Amendment of the agreement with BCM Security Services, Inc. to increase the hourly rate charged for security from $ 15.50 to $ 16.50 per hour.

• Increased the hourly rate paid to employees of Nutrition, Inc. from 50 cents to $ 2 per hour at their current pay scale, and increased starting wages for drivers to $ 15 per hour. Nutrition Inc. manages the service in the district cafeterias.

• Approval of four change orders for a total cost of $ 121,292. The highest amount goes to Stell Enterprises, $ 61,054, for line marking and additional signs, sidewalks, topsoil and seeding, as well as for signage and related equipment required by the Department of State transport.

Another $ 8,663 goes to Quandel Construction Group, Inc., for certain roof flashings, cabinetry and countertops, while the third total change order of $ 4,224 goes to Everon Electrical Contractors, Inc. The last order of The modification totals $ 47,351 to Keystone Sports Construction for a variety of conduits, manholes, conduit benches and related materials and work.

• Job creation and appointment of Margo Serafini as Director of Early Childhood Education, Sean Flynn as Director of Middle Education and Michael Krzywicki as District Engineer / Physical Plant Director . Superintendent Brian Costello said director of education positions should improve overall educational services at lower grade levels. Serafini and Ryan already working in the district do not receive any pay increases for the change.

Krzywicki works for Apollo Group, Inc., the company hired as the District Project Manager. Krzywicki served as Apollo’s representative at district meetings and oversaw much of the new construction. The new position in the district was offered to him with a starting salary of $ 129,000.

Contact Mark Guydish at 570-991-6112 or on Twitter @TLMarkGuydish