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Montgomery school board amends KOEZ agreement, hires coaches

(Editor’s Note: The story about the most recent Montgomery Area School Board meeting that appeared on Page A3 in Friday’s (Sept. 18) edition was wholly inaccurate and incomplete. The Sun-Gazette apologizes for the errors that included using old, outdated meeting minutes. The story below reports discussion and action from the meeting and the Sun-Gazette intends to provide follow-up information in subsequent editions.)

MONTGOMERY — A memorandum of understanding between the Montgomery Area School District and Lycoming County for payment in lieu of taxes for property designated as a Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zone was approved by the school board at its meeting this week.

In doing so, the school board withdrew a previously adopted resolution in order to amend some of the language of the KOEZ memorandum, according to Daphne Bowers, Montgomery’s superintendent.

The board approved the amended resolution extending the term of exemptions, deductions, abatements and credits for property tax, earned income tax, net profits tax and mercantile and business privilege taxes within the KOEZ.

A previously adopted resolution to approve the Penn College KOEZ was rescinded by the board.

The KOEZ is meant to entice industry or eligible employers to launch new businesses or expand existing operations to create and sustain jobs by allowing for a tax abatement schedule after a property is developed.

Under personnel, the board approved hiring Jeremy Dietrick as a full-time special education teacher, contingent upon the district receiving his level 2 certification from the state department of education.

The following coaches and their pay rate, if applicable, were approved by the board: Jodi Furman and Nicole Shnyder, girls softball, volunteers; Katie Scarborough, junior high girls basketball, $2,050 and Lexi McHenry, junior high girls basketball, volunteer.

A service agreement with Automated Logic, which monitors the controls for the district’s HVAC, was approved by the board at a cost of $8,804.

An agreement between Diversified Treatment Alternative Centers LLC and the district to provide student services for the 2020-21 school year was also approved by the board.

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 20.

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