Is there anyone associated with the Wilkes-Barre Area School Board or city administration that realizes the impact — beyond loss of revenue — of blighted properties?
A Times Leader story reported data on blighted properties that does not apply to Wilkes-Barre.
But if a similar study were done in the city, the many blighted and vacant properties, the foreclosures and the revenue losses to the school district and city would be alarming.
The school district’s loss of revenue — caused by blight and an apparent dysfunctional board — has caused cuts in educational programs and taxes being raised the maximum amount allowable by law.
Cutting programs and raising taxes could be the end of public education in the city of Wilkes-Barre.
The article details the impact the blighted properties have on the adjoining properties that may be well maintained. People just walking away from their businesses or homes is a major problem.
The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board is walking away by planning to move Meyers High School out of the city. Removing this nearly 100-year-old neighborhood cornerstone will devastate South Wilkes-Barre and have an impact on many disadvantaged students.
The creation and operation of neighborhood crime watch groups, neighborhood associations and the district-wide Save Our Schools organization are a blessing. Theses organizations need to step forward and take issue with this school board.
The magnitude of the loss of the neighborhood schools and impact on our most valuable resource, our students, is not measurable.
Richard A. Holodick
President, Save Our Schools