CLEARFIELD – The Philipsburg-Osceola School District has named the Clearfield Area School District in a civil action, reported Superintendent Terry Struble at Monday’s school board work session.
Struble explained that the district is a part of a health consortium with a number of neighboring school districts, plus Cen-Clear Child Services Inc., Clearfield County Career & Technology Center and Central Intermediate Unit.
Philipsburg-Osceola has decided to pull out and to go another route for its insurance. “They would like to take a portion of the fund balance with them,” he said, “but it’s not the way the by-laws were written.
“Nor would it be good for the consortium. As a result, it has turned into ligation.” When asked by the press, Struble said he was neither able to provide the consortium’s fund balance total, nor the amount Philipsburg-Osceola was seeking in its civil action.
Struble said that the law firm of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C., will be representing the interests of the consortium as well as its members.
According to the proposed statement of waiver of conflict of interest, the district has been named as a defendant in civil action by Philipsburg-Osceola in the Clearfield County Court of Common Pleas.
Also named in the action are the Curwensville, Glendale, Harmony, Moshannon Valley and West Branch school districts, Cen-Clear, CCCTC, CIU No. 10 and CIU Insurance Trust.
Struble said each member of the health consortium has been asked by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to sign a statement of waiver of conflict of interest.
He said it is to ensure the consortium’s members do not cross-file and sue each other.
The proposed statement of waiver of conflict of interest will be considered by the board at its next regular meeting at 6 p.m. May 22 at the Clearfield Area Junior-Senior High School library.