W-B Area union president’s paid leave will be reimbursed

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre Area School District teacher union president Jeff Ney may be going on paid leave to serve in a union post, but it ultimately will be at no cost to the district. Assistant Communications Director Wythe Keever said the Pennsylvania State Education Association will reimburse the district for both Ney’s pay and the […]

Comments - 10:09 pm - updated: 10:46 pm.

Report: Fighting top safety problem in local public schools.

Fighting was the top safety problem in Luzerne County public schools in the 2015-16 school year, according to the latest state School Safety report, with 211 reported fighting incidents in the county’s 11 school districts, three career and technology centers and single brick-and-mortar charter school. Disorderly conduct was a close second, with 198 reported incidents, […]

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Dallas School Board denies union grievance against docking pay for strike

DALLAS TWP. — The teachers union president stormed from the meeting room Monday after the Dallas School Board voted to deny a grievance. The union filed the grievance in response to the board’s June decision to deduct seven unworked days from teachers’ salaries, which would recoup the district nearly $500,000 in wages, healthcare and pensions. […]

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Hazleton Area superintendent to take job in Northampton County

Hazleton Area School District Superintendent Craig Butler will be leaving his post this summer to head a school district in Northampton County. Directors at the Saucon Valley School District in Hellertown have announced they have selected Butler as their superintendent following a three-month search. Butler was selected after a thorough process that involved visiting the […]

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Pittston Area School Board votes unanimously to raise taxes

YATESVILLE — Taxes for Pittston Area School District property owners are increasing 3.4 percent for the 2017-18 school year. That’s the maximum amount allowed under state law, without the district asking for special permission to exceed the threshold. Pittston’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday for the tax hike. It means property owners will pay $1.55 […]

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Bear Creek Charter School board approves $6.66M budget, shifts personnel

BEAR CREEK TWP. — The board of trustees for the Bear Creek Community Charter School approved three new positions this week and eliminated two others. The new posts: school business manager, director of curriculum, and literacy specialist. The positions eliminated were academic intervention specialist and school accountant. No employees lost their jobs, however. The intervention […]

Comments - 11:47 pm - updated: 6:57 pm.

Dallas board votes to deduct teachers’ salaries for strike days not worked

DALLAS TWP. — Dallas School District teachers will have their salaries deducted for seven unworked days, according to a resolution the school board passed with a 6-to-1-vote and two members abstaining Monday. The Dallas Education Association contract, executed on April 11, 2011, requires teachers to work 185 days, of which 180 are student instructional days. […]

Comments - 11:37 pm - updated: 11:50 pm.

Wilkes-Barre Area CTC promotes Guarigilia to administrative director

PLAINS TWP. — The Joint Operating Committee that runs the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical center voted to make Anthony Guariglia the school’s new administrative director, with four members voting no. The JOC also approved a $6.6 million dollar budget that member Bill Jones said effectively eliminates Guariglia’s current position. Guariglia came to the Wilkes-Barre […]

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Misericordia appoints first-ever enrollment management officer

DALLAS TWP. — At a time when, nationwide, colleges and universities are grappling with trends that make it harder to meet enrollment goals, Misericordia University has appointed its first-ever vice president of enrollment management. A media release Thursday noted Glen Bozinski has been given the title, moving from his previous position as director of admissions, […]

Comments - 10:15 pm - updated: 9:58 pm.

Former WNEP-TV anchor Burke tells LCCC grads it’s OK to stay local

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A former WNEP-TV news anchor told more than 800 graduates on Tuesday to follow their dreams, but it’s OK to stay local, while the college president reminded them of the importance of kindness. With glittery mortarboards sporting phrases such as “I did it” and “I eaRNed it” atop the heads of graduates […]

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