MANDATA - The Line Mountain School District is preparing to go to arbitration to settle a claim by a former contractor that the district owes it more than a quarter of a million dollars, said the district's solicitor Wednesday.

Rich Roberts, the district's solicitor, clarified comments made at Tuesday night's school board meeting in connection to The Robert Feaster Corporation's claim the district owes the company approximately $260,000 in payments for the district's most recent building project.

Roberts said the district would first enter arbitration with the contractor before the company files an official lawsuit.

Troy Laudenslager, president of the board of directors, said Wednesday he could not comment on how the payment issue arose due to the ongoing litigation.

The district has retained McNees, Wallace & Nurick LLC, of Harrisburg, in connection with the claim.

Oil leak

The district is also potentially on the hook for $140,934, owed to Lower Mahanoy Township for the cleanup of an oil leak at the former Dalmatia Elementary School building.

Payment for the cleanup was due May 23.

Laudenslager said the district had not yet paid the bill because the district's insurance company and its attorneys are still negotiating which parties owe what portion of the bill.

"It's more about insurance matters," said Laudenslager.

In other news

Directors unanimously approved renewing the SuccessMaker Software License and Support License from NCS Pearson Incorporated, Chicago, at a cost of $1,235 for Tuesday through July 30, 2015.

Directors approved purchasing 75 Lenovo laptop computers through CDW Government, Vernon Hills, Ill., to replace units purchased in 2008. The per unit cost, with 3-year warranty, is $609.25 for a total of $45,693.75 from the technology budget. The laptops will be purchased from CoStars IT Hardware Contract COSTARS-003-32 pending solicitor approval.

A renewal of the software maintenance and licenses for the IEPWriter Special Education software with Leader Services, Hazleton, starting Tuesday through June 30, 2015, at a cost of $6,873 was approved by directors.

Directors approved a transfer to the capital reserve account in the amount of $50,222.

Directors approved a K-12 Merchant Processing Agreement with Heartland Payment Systems, Jeffersonville, Ind., at a price of $2 paid by the parent/user for each credit card/ACH transaction for online meal payments, and authorized the Business Administrator to execute said agreement along with the terms and conditions acknowledgment.

Directors approved the following five new teachers: Brigette Styer, first grade, $37,602; Lindsey Scherer, fifth-grade language arts, $32,838; Catherine Creveling, fifth-grade language arts, $32,838; Kam Traugh, sixth-grade science, $37,602; and Trisha Herb, fifth-grade math, $34,426. Start dates are Aug. 25.

Directors approved hiring Jeffrey Lagerman as the middle school principal, effective Tuesday, at $76,500.

Cynthia Wood was approved by directors as a day-to-day substitute teacher for the 2014-15 school year.

Hours outside of the school day was approved for four employees at a rate of $22: Lon Balum, 62 hours; CarolLynn Kahler, 8 1/2 hours; Susan Ney, 10 1/2 hours, and Larry Fisher, 4 1/2 hours.

Directors approved the following coaches for the 2014-15 school year: Jessica Klinger, assistant field hockey coach, $1,390; Margaret Fessler, volunteer field hockey coach, $0; Jill Yisrael, volunteer field hockey coach, $0; Chelsea Smeltz, middle school field hockey coach, $1,730; Marla Lahr, middle school field hockey coach, $1,730; Jordan Taraschuk, head softball coach, $2,350; Douglas Fessler, assistant softball coach, $1,840; Amy Shipe, assistant softball coach, $1,660, and Vanessa Straub, volunteer softball coach, $0.

Justin Kaleta was hired for the information technology department at a rate of $7.25 per hour through Sept. 12.

A request by the Line Mountain Soccer Boosters to use the soccer, stadium, field hockey, baseball and football practice fields, concession stands and inside restrooms from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday with a rain date of Sunday for an Eagles soccer tournament was approved.

A bid by Glick Associates Inc. for cafeteria gates was approved at a cost of $3,666.

A bid for brick repointing from Eagle Ridge Contracting Inc. at $5,655 for 50 feet was approved. "A lot of the vents are not good," said superintendent David M. Campbell, endorsing the vote.

Three members of the public attended the meeting. One attendee asked how much money was made from the items sold at the Gratz consignment auction. Board members said the amount was around $1,300, with 10 percent of the sales going to the auction company.

The date of the next board meeting was changed to 6:30 p.m. July 8 to accommodate vacations. The meeting will be held in the high school library.