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NAACP: Minority students "biting the dust" in school consolidation plan

WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- Some local leaders say a school district's plan to consolidate schools isn't fair to minority students.

The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board has already approved the $4-million purchase of the Pagnotti site in Plains Township to build a new facility, merging grades 9 through 12 from Meyers and Coughlin High Schools.

The superintendent has said that this project is necessary because operating three high schools is no longer feasible.

But the President of the Wilkes-Barre chapter of the NAACP said G.A.R. High School has a high percentage of minority students and worries they would miss out on the resources available at a state-of-the-art building.

"G.A.R. is being thrown into the garbage, and they're being dealt with like rubbish, and this can't go on!" said Guerline Laurore.

The superintendent wants to give students the choice of going to the new school or staying at G.A.R.


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