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Harrison BOE Agrees on $11K for Tax Certioraris

HARRISON, N.Y. – The board of education voted unanimously to award 10 tax certiorari payments to five different property owners.

According to Assistant Superintendent for Business Robert Salierno, the refunds total approximately $11,000. Half of the refunds will go to property owners on Park Avenue. The rest of the refunds are spread out through downtown including one property on Broadway and one on each Halstead Avenue, Harrison Avenue and Crystal Street. The only property awarded a refund outside the downtown is located on Sunnyhill Drive.

Though the refund number is relatively small, the district needs every penny at this point to get under the 2 percent cap on the tax levy. Salierno said at last night’s meeting that the district needs to cut an additional $266,365 to reach that goal.

“The last set of cuts has been the most difficult so far,” said Superintendent Louis Wool. “We always try to remind the public of the proud way we work with our labor groups to help mitigate the impact of the poor economy.”

At their meeting on March 21, the BOE also hired Karen Jordan as the supervisor of secondary special education effective June 1. Jordan will work a probationary period through May 31, 2015.

The BOE approved two field trips for the high school debate team. One trip will be to Latham, N.Y. The other will be to the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Both trips are scheduled for the weekend of April 27.

The BOE also approved a donation from the McDonald family in honor of E. Richard McDonald for $1,000. The money will be used to set up an annual scholarship for one graduating high school senior.

An agreement to enter into a contract for health services with the Mamaroneck Union Free School District will be provided to 32 resident students at a cost of $35,078.72.

A contract for roofing services with Maximus 1 Contracting Corp. of Astoria, N.Y. was cancelled. The BOE voted to give the contract to Precision Roofing in Southfields, N.Y., who they deemed the lowest “responsive” and “responsible” bidder.

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