PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) There’s been serious discontent about performance in many of the area’s larger school districts , which has smaller towns or areas threatening to pull out and create their own district. Well, now you can add plains to the list of unhappy people. Eyewitness News Education Reporter Crystal Cranmore has been looking into how tomorrow’s primary election is playing into educating children there.
Plains Township used to have its own high school many years ago. Then it was absorbed by the Wilkes- Barre school district.
Now three local men running on the Republic ticket in Tuesday’s primary are trying to bring that back.
The Republican Candidates for Township Commissioner – Ron Filippini, Mike Timek, and Jason Harris want to break away from the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.
“For years we’ve been paying higher taxes and watched our property values go down. We lose a lot of residents to surrounding school districts because those communities test better” Said Jason Harris
The Wilkes- Barre Area School District is currently considering a site in Plains Township to build a larger high school to consolidate Coughlin and Meyers High school students.
But Harris and others are against the plan, believing it would further diminish the quality of education in the district.so want to create their own.
Democratic Commissioner Peter Biscontini says while he’s open to the idea of plains having its own district, he questions it’s feasibility. “We would have to look at finances. schools are expensive, you need real estate you need buildings, you need teachers, workers, administration”?
Democratic Commissioner Thomas Shubilla says while his focus is on the township, he says “Its’ important to look at the community as a whole. “At this time there are a lot of school districts that are consolidating to save money and it would kind of kick the chair under from Wilkes-Barre school district. because the Wilkes-Barre School District receives money from the local casino. “
Harris says if he made it to the general election in November, the goal would be to have the question posed as a referendum on the ballot in the general election.
If voters support the idea, the next step would be to buy the Solomon Plains Junior high school and the former Plains Township high school