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Quaker Valley leaders debate use for Leetsdale homes

| Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 7:21 p.m.

Quaker Valley leaders say they have considered renting out two Leetsdale homes the school district purchased for $400,000 nearly two years ago.

In a public meeting last week, Superintendent Joseph Clapper said leaders “had a discussion about that, but, I mean, we can entertain that discussion again.”

Board member Robert Riker said renting the properties could be difficult.

“It's somewhat complicated … as a public body if we have to operate those properties as a landlord,” he said.

Board member Marianne Wagner asked whether the homes have been checked while they have been unoccupied because they could “start to deteriorate” if left unattended.

But administrative services Director Joe Marrone said district workers regularly check the two homes. He said the homes are heated.

School board members in 2012 approved spending $400,000 to purchase two homes — 704 Beaver St. for $250,000 and 706 Beaver St. for $150,000.

Initial plans called for the construction of a parking lot and an off-street student drop-off area on the site where three homes sit.

However, school officials and property owners at 700 Beaver St. — which is adjacent to the high school — have not reached an agreement.

It is the last property remaining between the district's high school and the two acquired properties.

Wagner asked if there is an update relating to the home at 700 Beaver St.

Clapper said: “Not right now.”

Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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