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Attorney David Selingo, representing Back Mountain Baseball, proposed to the Dallas School Board at the school board's regular meeting on Jan. 14 that the Little League association demolish the old Dallas Township school at a cost of $150,000. In return, the baseball organization would gain the right to use the property, which would continue to be owned by the district, for a period of 20 years.


Selingo described it as a win, win, win situation, which would benefit the school, participants and the community.


Superintendent Frank Galicki said the board will confer with its solicitor Ben Jones, who was not at the meeting, and would discuss the matter further at a future meeting.


Steve Skammer, president of Back Mountain Baseball, said the organization is looking for a way to add fields to its ever-expanding program. He said the proposed idea offers the school board a buy-out after 10 years.


The proposal would not only need approval from the school board but would also require the baseball organization to raise the estimated $150,000 it would cost to demolish the school building.


We would need to secure funds to do that, Skammer said. We would attempt to secure donations from outside parties. He added that Back Mountain Baseball would also invest financially in the project.


Skammer said that, during a recent work session, school board members were concerned that, if Back Mountain Little League leases the property on which the school building currently sits, would other organizations have access to the property. The baseball president said the school board was assured that organizations such as junior football, soccer and cheerleading would continue to be granted access to the property.


Also at the meeting, the board approved a resolution capping the district's public school tax increase for the upcoming year at 2%, in compliance with the annual index established by the Department of Education, with Maureen Matiska dissenting.


I would just like to be clearer in regard to what cuts might need to be made to meet this budget goal, said Matiska.


The final budget is required to be passed before the end of June, 2013.


Wendy Barberio, whose three children attend Dallas schools, voiced concerns regarding the security of district schools.


Since the shootings in Connecticut, I have found it increasingly difficult to send my children to school, said Barberio, inquiring about the feasibility of a trained guard or policeman on school premises.


Galicki said both staff and administrators were trained in crisis procedures. He referred to ongoing efforts to implement and improve safety measures, assuring the security of district students.


In another matter, the board presented Keystone Adequate Yearly Progress awards to Wycallis and Dallas Elementary schools.


Thomas Traver, principal at Dallas Elementary thanked staff, students, parents and the board for their cooperative effort reflected by the award.


The next meeting of the Dallas School Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11.




Steve Skammer, president of Back Mountain Baseball, said the organization is looking for a way to add fields to its ever-expanding program. He said the proposed idea offers the school board a buy-out after 10 years.



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