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Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 6:42 p.m.

Residents of the Mt. Pleasant Area School District who want to know the name of the new superintendent will have to wait another week.

The board was not able to take action at Monday night's special meeting.

Robert Gumbita, board president, approached after the meeting, said the lawyer for the candidate for the position had not completed a review of the contract. Gumbita declined to name the candidate, adding no contract has been signed.

“Next Monday night (June 24),” he said when asked when the board would take action.

The board began the meeting with an executive session for personnel and legal issues. The special meeting followed.

The single action taken was to approve a resolution providing the district's consent to an energy savings project for the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center.

Edward Malone, board secretary, made the motion to accept the proposed contract for the center as submitted by Johnson Controls. The motion was seconded by board member Richard Albright and passed unanimously.

According to present superintendent, Terry Struble, Mt. Pleasant's share per year would be about $56,000. Already in the district budget for 2013-2014 is $65,000. This was based on an earlier set of bids.

Struble said that budget line will not be needed until 2014-2015 year, that the work will be completed before the district must pay its share of the project costs. The $65,000 amount already in the 2013-2014 budget leaves room for unintended expenses, if needed, he said.

Questions arose about the bidding process for the center project.

Albright said Chevron had put in an earlier bid, which was much higher, but was the lowest bid received at that time. That Chevron bid was on what the district had based the $65,000-per-year share.

Albright and Malone said that after a second round of bidding, won by Johnson, Chevron had come back, sending out letters to board members about an amount even lower than the Johnson bid. However, the bidding process had already been closed.

The action by the board, together with the other districts, will allow work to be completed in August.

Among actions reviewed in the agenda meeting that followed, it was suggested district taxpayers will know what sort of tax increase may be necessary when the board meets in regular session at 7:30 p.m. June 24. However, the board may not know what the district's state subsidy will be until the state Legislature takes action on its budget.

Struble said a tax increase might amount to 1 12 percent, if necessary.

Karl Polacek is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 724-626-3538.

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