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Lackawanna Trail To Give Railway Nearly $122,000 To Settle Tax Dispute

November 15, 2018

Lackawanna Trail School District will give Norfolk Southern Railway $121,942 as part of a settlement stemming from a dispute over tax revenues received three years ago. The school district received $165,000 in real estate transfer tax when NSR acquired the former Canadian Pacific line which included the mammoth Nicholson Bridge. Norfolk Southern claimed that there should not have been a real estate transfer tax as the line is a public utility, a fact the school district partly disputed, said Trail business manager Keith Glynn. Rather than incur litigation costs the two parties settled. The money will come out of a $3.2 million fund balance, as of June 30, school board directors said. The board approved the settlement during Monday’s school board meeting. The board also authorized spending other fund balance money as follows: $2 million for a future capital project; $500,000 for future pension increases; $400,000 for future charter school tuition costs; and $268,287 for future technology costs. The board also approved using the Creditech collection agency to go after past cafeteria debts, assuming, Glynn said, the board adopts a school policy allowing for the management of lunchroom debt. Pressed on when such a policy might or could be on the table for the board to vote on, Superintendent Matt Rakauskas said possibly in February. The board also approved the following appointments: Christel Pond as a longterm special education substitute to begin on or before January 2; Jessica Norris as a longterm secondary science teacher substitute to begin Nov. 13; Max Roche as spring musical director for $1,000 stipend; Jackie Nat as spring musical choreographer for $1,000 stipend; Jill Kaminski as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach for the 2018-19 season; Chaz Ross as a volunteer assistant wrestling coach for the 2018-19 season; and Corinne Theil as a volunteer assistant girls basketball coach for the 2018-19 season. The spring musical will be ‘Kiss Me, Kate.’ Contact the writer: bbaker@wcexaminer.com, 570-836-2123 x33

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