LM hires counsel in case legal issues over oil spill appear
MANDATA - Line Mountain School District has put a Harrisburg law firm on retainer in case the district is responsible for home heating oil that leaked into the Lower Mahanoy Township Municipal Authority wastewater treatment plant.
While no threat of litigation exists yet, school board President Troy Laudenslager said the approval of McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC at Tuesday's night board meeting will keep the district prepared.
The next step is for the law firm to provide a proposal for their services, he said.
A broken pressure gauge is to blame for the 1,250 gallon leak from the former Dalmatia Elementary School Feb. 10.
Plant manager Rick Spotts said Wednesday the authority and their insurance company notified the district of a potential claim, and it hasn't moved from that point yet.
As of this week, the plant is again "100 percent operational," he said.
It takes a few weeks for the microorganisms involved in the breakdown of wastewater to fully grow on their own, Spotts said.
Service at the sewer plant at 132 River Road was never disrupted for its 234 customers. With two basins, the plant processes approximately 30,000 gallons of sewage per day.
Dalmatia and Leck Kill elementary schools were closed before the 2013-14 school year as part of an overall district consolidation plan.
The school board, which intends to sell the buildings, will vote March 25 to advertise bids for both properties. No minimum bid was set in accordance with board members' preferences.
Contrary to rumors being circulated, the Dalmatia school building was not approved for sale at Tuesday night's board meeting nor was it on the agenda to do so.
In other business
The school board approved:
- The resignation of seven retiring teachers from the elementary, middle and high school effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year. They are reading specialists Mary Ann Taxis, Margaret Haverovich and Rita Buhay; Spanish teacher Cynthia Wood; second-grade teacher Ron Casey; fourth-grade teacher Glenda Whary and kindergarten teacher Joan Rothermel.
- The following coaches and advisors were approved for the 2014-15 school year: Rodney Knock, head varsity football coach at $3,250; assistant football coaches Josh Daniel for $2,200, Brian Wetzel for $2,470, Darwin Marquette for $3,700, Damian Hojnacki for $2,110 and Craig Scott for $1,840; volunteer assistant football coaches Bryan Martz, Jason Williams, Bryce Martz, Todd Wenrich and Ryan Feger; Melanie Fowler, fall cheerleading advisor at $1,810 and winter cheerleading advisor for $1,900; Larry Fisher, marching band advisor for $2,890, and instrumental music director for $2,890; Cheryl Ibberson, assistant marching band advisor, $2,200; Karrie Bowman, FBLA advisor for $1,605; Francine Ferster, FFA advisor for $2,925; and Tara Deljanovan, drama advisor for $1,515. They also approved Nathan Swineford as volunteer assistant baseball coach.
- Trisha Herb was approved as after-school tutor at $22 an hour.