The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 9, 2012

Westmont board OKs counteroffer

Frank Sojak
fsojak@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — The Westmont Hilltop school board solicitor will review a counteroffer the board approved Monday to present to a Somerset realtor regarding the sale of the Stutzman Playground.

The realtor, RMB Realty, is representing the drugstore chain CVS Pharmacy. The chain does not have a store in the Johnstown area.

The board’s counterproposal was $250,000 for the property and $100,000 to construct a new playground.

Board President Diana Schroeder said the realtor approached the school district with an offer. The board then had its finance committee, led by William Trevorrow, a real estate broker, study the proposal and make a counteroffer.

This is just an early step in the process, she said. In addition to coming to terms with the school district, the buyer would have to meet municipal requirements to build a store, she said.

If that would ever come to fruition, the school district’s primary focus would be to make sure that another playground is built for the children, she said. The board also would incorporate ways to recognize the residents who built and later renovated the playground, she said.

In other business, the board approved a drug-prevention program called Remembering Adam for the middle school.

Many residents spoke against the program, saying that they didn’t believe a program with voluntary participation would work.

Schroder said the program would be another in the layer of programs that all schools utilize to fight drugs and works by rewarding students not using drugs.

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