Parents demand answers from Old Forge School District


OLD FORGE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Old Forge School District is back in the headlines.

Parents had a chance to voice their concerns at Wednesday night’s school board meeting.

Many of them demanded answers after the high school was put on lockdown almost two weeks ago.

Superintendent John Rushefski wouldn’t go into detail about exactly what happened.

He told the crowd there was never an intruder or a weapon on the property, and he’s impressed by the response of his staff and the Old Forge Police Department.

“I can tell you that we went through our protocol,” said Rushefski.  “We followed our policy, but at the same time, there are some things we need to do better.”

This is the latest controversy to hit the Old Forge School District in less than a month.  

Two weeks ago, Frank Scavo was removed as school board president while he was under fire for “anti-Muslim” comments that he made on Facebook years ago.  

Then on Monday, Joseph Mariotti resigned after serving as the school district’s solicitor for 23 years.

He cited alleged dysfunction, racism, and even pornography on the part of the school board.

David Conn was named interim solicitor, and the school board is accepting requests for a permanent replacement.

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