Fallen tree on elementary property to be removed
DALMATIA - A fallen tree on the former Dalmatia Elementary School property will be removed, but Line Mountain School District officials are waiting for final recommendations from their solicitor before moving forward.
School board President Troy Laudenslager said Friday that quotes have been obtained from companies that would remove the tree, but the administration is also checking whether it would be permissible to allow local residents to chop it up and take it themselves.
"We're not allowed to give away school property, and we're not sure if it (giving the tree away) is legal to do," Laudenslager said.
Although the tree fell earlier this month, its removal has not been a priority for the district, he said.
The elementary school was closed at the end of the 2012-13 school year, so the tree is on district property that is not currently being used.
Plus, he said, it's not on anyone else's property, it's not near a main road and it doesn't pose a risk for anyone.
While the grass is mowed regularly at both Dalmatia and Leck Kill Elementary, which was also closed down, district employees have been focused on the elementary school in Trevorton and the middle/high school in Mandata. Both buildings were expanded to accommodate a realignment of the school district. Students in grades kindergarten through fourth attend class in Trevorton, while fifth- and sixth-graders are taught in the new addition of the high school building.
In Augusta, the district hired Real Estate Appraisal and Marketing Associates, Sunbury, to appraise the elementary schools at Leck Kill and Dalmatia.
The board members are waiting on that information before they move forward with any plans with those properties, Laudenslager said.