WILKES-BARRE — Two city residents and one Plains Township woman have announced their candidacy for Wilkes-Barre Area School Board Director.
Barry Matthews, 36, a Democrat and lifelong resident of Wilkes-Barre, has cross filed and will seek both the Republican and Democratic nominations. Matthews is the son of Barry Matthews Sr. and Susan Landes, and the grandson of Elwood and Lucy Matthews and Bill and Shirley Kozerski. He is a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School anhd has been employed for 13 years at Digital Control Systems Inc. in Plains Township, where he currently is director of operations. He is married and has one son, Nicholas, who currently attends Kistler Elementary. He is a member of Firwood United Methodist Church, where he has served on the board of trustees.
Kathy Grinaway, a resident of Plains Township, has announced her intention to run for one of the open positions on the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board. Grinaway is employed in the laboratory at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital as a toxicology supervisor.
She is the mother of two children. She is also a lector, Eucharistic minister and secretary of the parish council at St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Plains Township; a member of the county Hospital and Higher Education Authority; past president of the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Auxiliary; and past treasurer of the Northeast Pennsylvania Association of Hospital Healthcare Auxiliaries.
Christine Katsock, a lifelong resident of the Miners Mills Section of Wilkes-Barre, is seeking re-election as school director for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Katsock is a paralegal in local legal firms, as well as an adjunct professor of music at Luzerne County Community College.
She is also an organist at SS Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township, and organist and music director at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mountain Top. During her first term as school director, Katsock has been a vocal advocate for the taxpayers and children of the district, serving as the chair of Budget and Finance Committee for two years.
The three will be hosting a complimentary breakfast at the Woodlands Inn & Resort on Saturday, with arrival at 9 a.m. and breakfast being served at 10 a.m. Reservations are required. To place your reservation, call (570) 823-9563. Deadline for reservations is Friday.
JENKINS TWP. — The Committee to Elect Bob Linskey, Jenkins Township Supervisor, will hold a meet-and-greet from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Jenkins Township Hose Co.
Food and refreshments will be provided. Donation is $10.