Pine-Richland approves property tax rebate for qualifying residents - PineCreek Journal

Pine-Richland approves property tax rebate for qualifying residents

Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 12:01 AM

For the 11th year in a row, the Pine-Richland School District approved a property tax rebate to qualifying senior citizens, widows and widowers for 2019.

In order to qualify, senior citizens must have been 65 or older on Dec. 31, 2019 and owned a home in Pine or Richland for the entire year that is used as a primary residence. For married taxpayers, only one person needs to meet the age requirement. Widows and widowers who have a spouse who passed away before Jan. 1, 2019, did not remarry in 2019 and who were 50 or older on or before Dec. 31, 2019, will qualify.

There are also financial requirements, and a list of all requirements can be found here: or under the senior citizens section of the At Your Service tab at

• Plans to replace the high school roof and stadium roof after damage from a hail storm in the spring of 2019 continue to move forward. The board approved the work to be done by R.A.M.E. Inc., as supported by the district’s insurance carrier, at a cost not to exceed $2.8 million and also approved the difference of $134,200 to upgrade the rubber roof portion from a 20-year to a 30-year product. Insurance is covering the cost of the roof replacement while the district will fund the upgrade. Work is expected to begin this summer following the end of the school year and could continue in 2021.

• The board also approved Eckles Construction to conduct a thorough examination of potential athletic facilities projects, including the renovation of the high school gym, identified in a 2016 study at a cost not to exceed $19,000. As part of the study, the company will develop timelines for various phases of the projects, schematic layouts and projected budgets to assist in the district’s planning.

• The board swore in Kasia Swope as the newest board member and also appointed her as a representative to the joint operating committee that oversees the A.W. Beattie Career Center. Swope was appointed in December to fill a vacancy on the board.

• Richland Elementary School second-grader Kiran Karthikeyan is ranked No. 12 in the country in the First in Math online program. He was No. 1 in the state and among the top 50 last year. In the program, students can collect stickers for completing math activities. He currently has more than 16,500 stickers.

• Sixth grader Ryan Noir was chosen for the Seton Hill University Youth Honors Concert Band as a clarinetist. The band performed on Jan. 18. He will also perform with the Westmoreland Symphonic Winds on Feb. 22 as part of the program.

• Ninth grader Luke Kastner will compete in the robotics competition First Tech Challenge State Championships in February.

• Beattie seniors Luke Yowan (collision repair) and Caroline Curry (job skills) competed at the SkillsUSA District Competition on Jan. 20.

• The district also recognized Eden Hall Upper Elementary School para-educator Marie Carelle, who is retiring after 20 years, and middle school science teacher Laurie Jones, who is retiring after more than 21 years.