Last updated: October 23. 2013 11:43PM - 2317 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Three candidates have submitted applications to fill the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board seat made vacant by the resignation of Maryanne Toole.


Toole is stepping down from the board because she is moving from the area. Her term expires in 2015.


The board advertised a request for applications, requiring they be mailed by Monday. District Business Manager Leonard Przywara noted other applications could conceivably come in postmarked for Monday, but there were three applications as of Wednesday afternoon.


The three applications came from Joseph Gurnari, Plains Township; John Sokolowski, Wilkes-Barre; and the Rev. Shawn Walker, Wilkes-Barre.


Walker is already serving on the board. He was chosen by the board to fill a seat made vacant when Robert Corcoran moved to Germany. Initially, Corcoran tried to retain his seat by participating in meetings via an Internet Skype connection, evoking harsh criticisms from several members who said he had not maintained any residency in the district.


The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office began to look into the legality of Corcoran remaining on the board, but he made the matter moot by not attending two consecutive meetings, giving the board the legal right to oust him.


Walker was selected from among those who applied to fill the seat into December, when Corcoran’s term expires.


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