The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 26, 2013

School vs. contractor ruling saved taxpayers $350,000

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

DANVILLE — DANVILLE — School district officials saved taxpayers around $350,000 by challenging arbitration brought forth by contractor E.R. Stuebner.

Stuebner had been seeking claims in excess of $600,000 and had filed 10 different claims against the Danville school district, said Joel Hopkins, of the school district’s law firm, Saul Ewing LLP. Six of those claims were rejected by the arbitration panel, which saved the district around $350,000, according to Allan Schappert, president of Danville’s school board.

“They received less than half of their total claim,” Hopkins said.

At best, Stuebner received only 26 percent of their substantive claims, Hopkins said.

“We are asking the (arbitration) panel to clarify its award with respect to attorney fees and interest,” he said.

The panel that rejected six of Stuebner’s claims contained three mid to major construction firm CEOs from southern Pennsylvania, Schappert said.

Stuebner’s claims against the district stemmed from the district’s refusal to pay them for work on the Danville Primary School. According to Stuebner, unpaid contract fees exceeded $100,000. District officials contend that Stuebner did not complete work according to its contract, including exterior masonry, painting and landscaping.