The Hancock County Board of Education has agreed to work on transferring a set of district-owned parcels to other government entities.
“We have three properties,” 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 that are currently home to a county-owned playground.
The school district contacted 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,” he said, noting the use of a quitclaim deed as an option.
School board vice president Ed Fields explained that the New Cumberland property, which has been used as a youth soccer field, was thought to have already 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 a city building in 2002, leasing space to the school board for its offices until 2017.
“Everyone assumed (that) when the school was transacted, so was it,” Fields said.
Chief Financial Officer Joe Campinelli said it appears from an investigation at the Hancock County Assessor’s Office that there was a strip of property separating the two lots, a point he had not realized until recently. .
“We thought we had given them everything,” Campinelli said.
Fields recalled that the Lawrenceville property was also once home to a school building.
Board member Larry Shaw asked if there would be any fiscal problems for the school board as a result of the properties, but Campinelli said the district does not pay taxes.
Campinelli also explained that during his investigation at the Assessor’s Office, he found other properties owned by the school district listed in the records, although he said it’s difficult to determine the exact location of some of them because of the way they were searched.
In other discussions Monday, board member Gerard Spencer read a letter from Weir High athletic director Donna Ferguson thanking director of transportation Chris Enochs for his efforts in helping the Weir High football team on Memorial Day. the veterans. Enochs, though not working on the national holiday, arranged for buses and three drivers to transport the football team to their playoff game after previously arranged charter buses were canceled a few hours before their scheduled departure, according to Spencer.
Petrovich also took time to thank Hancock County voters for renewing the county’s school fee as part of the Nov. 8 election.