Mars Area hires environmental firm

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Construction of an access road named for the retired Mars Area School District superintendent apparently disrupted wetlands.

The school board Tuesday authorized the administration to pursue a tentative contract with Ecotune Environmental Consultants to monitor the wetlands.

The access road to the elementary school from Route 228 was named Doc’s Way in honor of William Pettigrew, who was superintendent for 26 years until retiring in December.

In other action, the board approved a private tax sale between Mars Borough and John L. Kuszajewski, who plans to purchase a former fire station on Spring Street in Mars.

The building is “falling down,” said solicitor Tom King. It is caving in, and bricks are falling off.

The district, the borough and the county are giving up $43,000 in taxes in order to get the building sold and back on the tax rolls.

The board also approved an architect’s contract with Roth Marz Partnership for a metal storage building. The building is expected to cost $800,000.

Superintendent James Budzilek said he will review the policy on field trips and conference requests after board member Christine Valenta protested approving a trip for assistant superintendent Matt Friedman after he had already left.

“This one really bothered me,” Mrs. Valenta said. “I wish this had been handled differently.”

The Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference was held Monday through Wednesday in Hershey.

“I can understand how difficult it is trying to coordinate an event for the students,” Mrs. Valenta said. “I just think a professional … is a little different.”

Mr. Budzilek said it is unfair to the board to add items to the agenda on the afternoon of the voting meeting. The agenda is supposed to be set the previous Tuesday.

“We are getting way too many late requests from the different buildings,” he said.


Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.

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