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Dallas district getting $1.8M settlement

The Dallas School District will be awarded a $1.8 million settlement in a lawsuit it filed over faulty work done on the district’s middle school project, officials said.

The settlement will be announced at a press conference and public meeting Monday, board member Russ Bigus said.

The settlement will come from several companies involved with the project, he said.

The district filed suit against the companies after learning in 2004 of numerous troubles with the project, including problems with a geothermal heating system.

Bigus and former board member Dave Usavage said former member Frank Natitus deserves all the credit for the settlement.

Natitus, they said, heavily pursued reimbursement for the faulty work.

“The only reason, and I mean the only reason, we’re getting it back is because Frank Natitus pursued the action,” Usavage said.

Natitus and the district solicitor did not return messages left on Friday. Settlement documents were not yet filed in Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

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