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By Rachel Basinger
Thursday, May 15, 2014, 2:03 p.m.
 

With just two dissenting votes, the Connellsville Area School Board agreed Wednesday night to accept sealed bids for the possible sale of the former Zachariah Connell Elementary School building and land.

The building had already been declared unused and unnecessary property within the district and the district has been authorized to sell it.

As part of the motion, the district will consider selling the property to the highest bidder, but reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Sealed bids on the property will be accepted until 10 a.m. July 31, when they will be opened.

Directors Francis Mongell and James Duncan voted against the motion.

In other buildings and grounds business, directors agreed to award the terrazzo work at the senior high school to Allegheny Installations Company Inc., out of Pittsburgh, with the bid of $107,700.

Under athletics, directors approved the supplemental contracts of John Bainbridge as senior high football defensive coordinator at a salary of $6,473 and Brad White as senior high assistant football coach at a salary of $5,981 for the 2014-15 school year.

As part of the motions dealing with the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center, directors agreed to dissolve the North Fayette Area Vocational Technical School and petition the state Board for Vocational Education to be approved as a single district career and technical center.

Superintendent Daniel Lujetic said the state informed the district a year ago that even though Frazier pulled out of the technical center and it was renamed, the district never officially dissolved the NFAVTS entity.

“If we don't take official action to dissolve it before the end of May, the state may have to decrease our subsidy,” he said.

In personnel business, approval was granted for a retirement incentive to be initiated between Connellsville Area Education Association and the district for the 2013-14 school year. Director Kevin Lape voted against the action while Mongell abstained.

Under technology, directors agreed to renew the district's consortium membership with the Intermediate Unit 1 for Cyber Solutions Initiative for three additional years at a cost of $10,000.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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