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WILKES-BARRE – A Luzerne County judge heard testimony Friday from the executive director of the Northeast Pennsylvania School District Health Trust in the fifth day of testimony in the non-jury trial.

The director, Andrew Marko, testified for most of Friday in the trial, being heard by county Judge Lewis Wetzel. The Pittston Area and Dallas school districts filed suit against the trust in 2008 in an attempt to regain their share of a $14 million surplus they say is theirs after the districts withdrew from the trust in 2007.

Testimony in the trial will continue Monday morning before Wetzel.

The original suit, filed in February 2008, alleges the trust committed a "breach of contract" and gained an "unjust enrichment" by collecting more money from the two districts in health insurance premiums than was paid back in health claim coverage. The trust is a consortium formed in 1999 by area districts to lower health insurance costs.

Marko testified Friday that the whole purpose of the trust was for the 13 local school districts to combine and pool their resources, allowing the districts to negotiate better contracts and other services.

Marko said he was aware the trust was in surplus, but that decisions were made by board members of school districts, not him.

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