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Board hopes former factory's tax easement will attract jobs


The Indiana Area School District finished up what will likely be the last round of hiring for the year. Five teachers and one para-educator were hired at last night’s school board meeting. There are two new secondary math positions, two part-time elementary positions and a part-time music teacher.


A tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zone was approved by the board for the former Gorell Windows factory site, which has sat idle since Gorell went out of business and was acquired two years ago by an Ohio company. This government program allows businesses to forgo the taxes the district would receive in hopes that someone would purchase the property and develop jobs in the area.  The tax burden on that property would normally amount to about $16,000 per year.  


The board had its first reading of a district policy regarding what students may carry home with them. There is a concern that some materials may be objectionable, according to Superintendent Dale Kirsch. He added the district may not play favorites with private businesses such as banks and fitness centers.

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