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School board mum on property tax abatement program

Warren County School District has not tipped its hand on whether or not it will join a county-sponsored property tax abatement program.

One way or the other, it would take more than a simple vote.

At Monday’s meeting of the school board, Solicitor Chris Byham said that even a change to an existing local economic revitalization tax assistance (LERTA) would require the district to schedule a public hearing.

City of Warren officials asked the board to consider adding years and a small area of the city to an existing LERTA program.

The change would extend a three-year abatement to five years and bring in the final piece of the city. Even that change would, according to Solicitor Chris Byham, require a public hearing.

“The law requires that there be a public hearing… prior to any resolution,” Byham said. “If the resolution were to be approved, the district’s existing resolution would be repealed.”

The existing city program provides tax relief for those making improvements to commercial properties in the covered areas.

The proposed county LERTA would do the same, but for commercial and residential properties.

Hunter safety as PE

Board members may soon have a proposal for a new physical education credit option in front of them. Board member Joe Colosimo told the board that some districts in Iowa and Illinois now offer physical education credit to students who complete hunter safety programs.

Colosimo said he would like to bring that idea to the curriculum, instruction, and technology committee for discussion.

Funeral streaming

Superintendent Amy Stewart informed the board that the district will provide a venue for local family and friends who would like to attend the funeral of Trooper Joseph Bullock of the Florida Highway Patrol, formerly of Clarendon. Bullock was shot and killed in the line of duty on Wednesday, Feb. 5. The funeral service will be streamed to the Warren Area High School auditorium at 11 a.m. Thursday. Doors are expected to open at 10 a.m.

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