DVSB Moving Forward
With Vo-Tech Renovation
WESTFALL — Delaware Valley School District’s plans for revamping its Career and Technical Education (CTE) section of its high school were moved forward after the school board voted to redo some paperwork.
In an uncommon move, the board voted unanimously to rescind approval of an April 21 motion. That motion called for Burkavage Design Association Architects LLC to develop construction documents for the CTE additions and renovations. The approval included testing and site development not to exceed $100,000 without further approval.
The board then put forth two motions, one covering the CTE project under the same terms and the other motion to include for permitting purposes only a 4,000-square-foot maintenance-building project to begin at a later date.
Although the latter motion separates the projects, it says both projects on the school campus are covered by the same state Department of Environmental Protection permit application.
The joint project could cost $10 million, according to preliminary estimates.
District business manager Bill Hessling explained afterward having the two projects under separate DEP permits would cost more and could take longer for separate approvals. The approvals of the motions allow testing to begin before the grounds are hardened by the colder weather. District superintendent John Bell said the CTE facility had not been altered since it was opened in 1978.
Both motions passed by 7-1 votes, with board member Jack O’Leary dissenting “with great reluctance.”
O’Leary pointed out that he would have voted in favor of the motions a week earlier until he learned that the new Delaware Valley Elementary could be delayed getting a final certificate of occupancy, which he said affects his vote. The elementary school currently is opened under a temporary CO issued in August that expires Oct. 15, according to Matamoras zoning officer Bob Fitch. The deadline could be extended, Fitch said.
“A week ago I would’ve voted in favor of it but not now.” O’Leary said of the motions... for complete story, get this week's paper.
Who Helped Trooper
Sues Frein, His Parents
MILFORD — The civilian employee who came to the aid of two state troopers shot outside the Blooming Grove barracks two years ago has sued suspect Eric Frein, saying his actions inflicted emotional distress that has affected her employment and quality of life.
Nicole Palmer, of Dunmore, also filed notice of intent to sue Frein’s parents, Eugene Michael Frein and Deborah Frein, of Canadensis, alleging tort negligence.
In the suit against Eric Frein filed in Pike County Court on Sept. 8, Palmer says she still suffers from nightmares and has required medical and psychiatric care due to Frein’s actions.
She describes working as a civilian communications officer on the night of Sept. 12, 2014 in the front of the barracks, hearing a shot and seeing Cpl. Bryon Dickson lying on the ground in front of the glass barracks doors.
She came out from behind her desk and rushed toward Dickson, then heard another shot and saw debris fly from the glass lobby doors and the floor of the lobby she was crossing.
She described opening the lobby doors and seeing Dickson lying on his back, pale and immobile. Unable to speak, he mouthed, “Help me.” A moment later he whispered, “I’ve been shot.”
While still in harm’s way, she tried in vain to get help from inside the barracks then returned to try to move Dickson inside.
Later, while “still in the zone of danger,” according to the complaint filed with the suit by law firm Dempsey & Gallacher, she observed a second trooper approach Dickson, heard a gunshot and saw Trooper Alex Douglass fall to the ground, seriously wounded... for complete story, get this week's issue.
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