“We have three pieces of property,” Superintendent Dawn Petrovich explained during Monday’s school board meeting.
The properties in question include a 6.2-acre site located behind the New Cumberland City Building, while the others are two parcels totaling 2 acres on Pyramus Road in Lawrenceville which currently host a county-owned playground.
The school district has reached out to the City of New Cumberland and the Hancock County Commission about transferring the properties, according to Petrovich.
“Both entities are willing to accept these properties,” she said, noting the use of a quitclaim deed as an option.
School board Vice President Ed Fields, explained the New Cumberland property, which has been used as a youth football field, was thought to already have been part of a land sale between the school board and the city. The City of New Cumberland purchased the former New Cumberland Elementary School for use as its city building in 2002, renting space to the school board for its offices until 2017.
“Everybody was under the assumption (that) when the school was deeded over, it was too,” Fields said.
Chief Financial Officer Joe Campinelli said it appears, through research at the Hancock County Assessor’s Office, there had been a strip of property separating the two lots, a point which had not been realized until recently.
“We thought we gave them everything,” Campinelli said.
Fields recalled the Lawrenceville property also once housed a school building.
Board member Larry Shaw asked if there would be any tax issues for the school board as a result of the properties, but Campinelli said the district doesn’t pay taxes.
Campinelli also explained, during his research at the Assessor’s Office, he found other school district-owned properties listed on the rolls, although he said it is difficult to determine the exact location for some of them because of the way they were recorded.
In other discussions Monday, board member Gerard Spencer read a letter from Weir High Athletic Director Donna Ferguson, thanking Transportation Director Chris Enochs for his efforts to assist the Weir High football team on Veterans Day. Enochs, although not working on the national holiday, arranged for buses and three drivers to transport the football team to its playoff game after previously arranged charter buses were canceled a few hours prior to the scheduled departure, according to Spencer.
Petrovich also took time to express appreciation to the voters of Hancock County for the renewal of the county school levy as part of the Nov. 8 election.